All Time Blackhawks

Top 10 Blackhawks of the Past Decade (2009-10 to Present)

By Ryan Fedrau
CHICAGO - JUNE 09: Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville and Patrick Kane #88 celebrate after Kane scored the winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup 4-3 in overtime, at Game Six of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JUNE 09: Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville and Patrick Kane #88 celebrate after Kane scored the winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup 4-3 in overtime, at Game Six of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 15: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates by hoisting the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 15: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates by hoisting the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

7. Brandon Saad

Brandon Saad’s first run in Chicago was a lot better than the last two years he has had here. Chances are we’re tough on him because us fans are comparing him to Artemi Panarin too much.

Saad, 26, is a 2-way forward that makes a special impact when he is on the ice. The Saadfather is still very young and he still can improve his game.

How well he has played through his two Stanley Cup runs as such a young player has proven why he deserves to be on this list.

Through his first 8 seasons in the NHL, he has been ranked better than Chris Kunitz, Dustin Brown, and Brendan Gallagher in their first 8 seasons just to name a few guys.

Saad is a 2-time Stanley Cup Champion and really showed up during the 2014 playoffs, when the Blackhawks went all the way to the WCF to lose to the LA Kings — that one still stings.

Last season, he was ranked 9th in the NHL in shorthanded goals and has shown up on the PK in the last few years.

Saad is a relatively consistent player that gets close to 50 points per season and plays nearly 82 games each season.

He won’t wow you on the ice, with a scoring touch or anything like that, but you know what you’re getting when he’s on the ice.

Coming into his 7th season as a Blackhawk, there are big expectations for Saad, especially with his huge contract.

There is no way he could move up on this list considering how many great players that have come through Chicago, but maybe if he starts to turn it up going into the 2019-20 season, we will be talking about him as one of the best players of the next decade.

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