Players to Watch in the NHL Playoffs

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Brandon Saad, Blackhawks

If depth was a Chicago question mark, this hard-working 20-year-old winger nicknamed "Man Child" helped provide an answer. Playing a skilled, yet physical two-wsy game on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, Saad steadily blossomed into a scorer and Calder Trophy candidate, finishing fifth among all rookies with 27 points, and second with 26 takeaways. ''He improves every single game,'' Toews told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''I think that's what says the most. You can talk about his skill all day, how fearless he is in the puck areas . . . but he's one of those guys that's determined to make a difference every night.''

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