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Saad back to the wing for ‘Hawks

Sep 23, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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Calling himself “a born winger,” Brandon Saad is back where he was born to be after the Chicago Blackhawks experimented with the 20-year-old at center (with hopes of having him play the middle on the second line this season.)

Per the Chicago Sun-Times, veteran Michal Handzus (currently out with injuries) is now the most likely to be in the 2C spot, the same one he held down during last year’s playoffs.

Another candidate is young Brandon Pirri; the 22-year-old who starred in the AHL last season will get a chance to show his stuff tonight in Pittsburgh.

Per the Chicago Tribune, ‘Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Saad is still a future option to play center, but for now it appears the sophomore will play the wing on the third line.

“(If) he plays on your third line, that line is a very dangerous line offensively,” said Quenneville.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    deepest team in hockey. Guys who not being talked about for sticking with the NHL club this year scored 4 goals yesterday.

  2. slysipops - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    SAAD did not look comfortable at center. what i have seen of PIRRI looked might he might be a better fit there

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Too bad Pirri has been out – this is his chance to shine

  3. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I had a feeling this was coming. He just didn’t look comfortable. I didn’t think it was wise to move him anyways. He’s only 20, and Manchild is going to get even better as long as he’s not jerked around. On a side note, it feels like the Hawks have been looking for a true #2 center for 10 years now. Lol

  4. garn53 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Go Brandon ( Pirri ) go. Take the bull by the horns and run it into the ground!
    Play so well tonight that Q has no choice but to make you the top consideration.

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