Brandon Saad

Aaron Vickers

Size, skill and speed are Saad’s best on ice traits. Skates with a powerful and fluid stride that generates a lot of speed and separation from would be checkers. Strong on his skates with balance and the ability to protect the puck, is nearly impossible to stop when he drive the net. A horse along the wall with his size and strength and impressive in the cycle game. Has a pro-type shot with quick release and high velocity. Handles the puck well and can take it coast-to-coast for a scoring chance and make a goalie look foolish on a break- away. Sees the ice well and can also play the role of playmaker. Has decent anticipation and reads the play well both in the offensive and defensive zones. Where was all the expected offense? A disappointing points total and effort level on some nights left a sour taste in the mouths of a few observers this season. Was consistently inconsistent and maddeningly ineffective some games this season. (May 2011)