What you need to know about the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild
Chicago Blackhawks center Brandon Saad was named the 2017 Honda NHL Player of the Year.
Saad, who was named to the All-Star Game in 2016, scored 19 goals and added 26 assists in 67 games for the Blackhawks.
He was named second-team All-Rookie team, while teammate Andrew Shaw was third-team.
Saads’ goal total ranked second among rookies in the NHL.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and were named the league’s regular-season champions.
The Wild were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round in 2017.
Saad was the Blackhawks’ No. 2 center for most of the 2017-18 season, but he also played on the wing.
He started all six games at center for the Hawks in the regular season, and he finished with six goals and 14 points.
He scored in four of his first six games and had six points in seven games during the postseason.
Saads was named captain of the Blackhawks in 2017-2018 and was named first-team captain in 2018.
He won the Hart Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Month for September and earned the Hart as the league MVP for March.
He has three goals and four assists in 17 playoff games.