Best, worst case for Brandon Saad
October, 24, 2012
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
Rob Grabowski/US PresswireBrandon Saad has the potential for greatness if he can find consistency.On Friday, members of the 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup will be reuniting in a game for charity. It's a fun event that should raise money for a good cause, but it's also a sad reminder for Blackhawks fans of just how good that team was. It's a reminder that the salary cap system wiped out any chance at forming what could have been a dynasty.
In Rockford, Ill., home of the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the IceHogs, GM Mark Bernard is seeing the benefits of that post-Cup dismantling. GM Stan Bowman and then-assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, now running the Jets, did a great job accumulating young talent and draft picks under tough circumstances. Everybody in the league knew they had to cut salary, and yet they got a strong return for the players they had to deal. Mix in strong drafting from director of scouting Mark Kelley and the result is a talented collection of players in the AHL, waiting for the lockout to end so they can resume chasing NHL time in Chicago.