As Chris Kuc wrote in today’s Chicago Tribune, Brendan Saad has 1] never played center and 2] head coach Joel Quenneville was not aware of this fact.
Interestingly, coach Joel Quenneville was relying on Saad’s previous experience as a center to ease the transition as “he should be able to adapt to something he’s familiar with.” When a reporter informed him Saad claimed never to have played the position, Quenneville expressed surprise.
“He never has played center?” Quenneville said. “Oh, I thought he played there in juniors at some point.”
Now, The Moose has written about this happening since “Q” revealed his plans at the Convention. More importantly, should we care? We do.
Brandon Saad made a run at Rookie of the Year honors last season, posting 10 goals and 17 assists in a lockout-shortened 46 games. He seemed on track to be a power forward in the future. He’s a combination of size, skill and youth. Now he’s in between “Q” and Stan Bowman’s dick measuring contest.
You’re welcome for that visual.
Saader only pawn… in game of life
The Moose is aware that the other Brandon – Pirri, this time – subbed in for Jonathan Toews in today’s session. We’ll keep an eye on Pirri. Quenneville has grinded on him in the past, citing his defensive deficiencies. More importantly, Bowman mentioned him by name as the best fit for the second line pivot.
In Chicago, them’s fightin’ words.