There's no denying Brandon Saad was the star at the first day of Blackhawks Prospect Camp Monday and will be for the next two days. Saad had a certain level of confidence that surpassed the other players at camp. Perhaps this came from his 4 NHL games with the Blackhawks last year, his game-tying assist in an NHL playoff game, or a spectacular all-star season in the OHL last year.
Saad does have the best chance to make the starting line up for the Blackhawks season opener this year, but there was a great deal of talent elsewhere on the ice. Pat Mullane from Boston College was invited to camp and seemed to dominate the slap shot drill with his incredible accuracy and fierceness to his shot.
17 year old Teuvo Teravainen seemed to be able to score from all over the ice during drills and scrimmage. Teravainen was drafted in the 1st round of this year's NHL draft by the Blackhawks but even he admits he needs to get stronger to play at the NHL level. He was said to be a star the 2nd day of camp also.
The biggest surprise of prospect camp so far may be, 6'9 defenseman Viktor Svedberg, literally. Weighing in at 223, Svedberg's size doesn't render him immobile in any way. He has incredible speed for his size and decent hands.
Kevin Hayes, brother of the Blackhawks' Jimmy Hayes was also solid in drills and often times hard to move.