Found May 26, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
Brandon Saad is a Calder Trophy nominee this year.  I argue that he is the worst choice for an award nominee this season and I think his playoffs are going a long way toward verifying that.  In the playoffs this season he has been a non-factor.  He has posted only one point and a +/- of zero in over 16 minutes per game. The narrative for Saad's nomination was that he must be a very good player to have got to play a first line role on a team as good as the first place Chicago Blackhawks.  Looking at statistics it is hard not to notice that he led all the rookies in the league with a +17 +/- rating and his 27 points were four back of the rookie lead. What is missing from that narrative is an understanding of how Saad "earned" his role as the first line left wing in Chicago.  Chicago has one front line quality left wing in Patrick Sharp.  He missed significant time in the 2012/13 season due to injury and when he played he usually played with Marian Hossa and not with ...
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