WHL West First All-Star Team (2000) NHL All-Rookie Team (2004)
Traded to NY Islanders by Anaheim for Columbus' 4th round choice (previously acquired, Anaheim selected Jonas Ronnqvist) in 2000 Entry Draft, May 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Nykoping (Sweden-2), November 8, 2004. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to knee injury vs. Columbus, November 24, 2010. Traded to New Jersey by NY Islanders for Brian Rolston, July 28. 2011. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, September 30. 2011.
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday