NHL All-Rookie Team (2004)
Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), September 29, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Renon (Italy), January 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Swiss), February 25, 2005. Traded to Tampa Bay by Pittsburgh with Gary Roberts for Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (Ben Hanowski) in 2009 Entry Draft, June 28, 2008. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to lower-body and shoulder injuries.
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