Avalanche forward Brandon Saad to miss Wild game in anticipation of newborn child

Avalanche forward Brandon Saad was absent from the team’s morning skate Wednesday, initially prompting health concerns, before coach Jared Bednar cleared the confusion with a smile.

Saad will miss Colorado’s game against the Minnesota Wild for the best of reasons.

“They’re due to have a baby,” Bednar said. “Him and his wife, they went into the hospital last night. We’re hoping and praying that everything is going good there. She was due to have the baby this week and it just so happened to land on today.”

Saad is in his first season with the Avalanche after being acquired via trade from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm. Saad, with now 15 games on his Avs resume, is the team’s second-leading goal scorer (six). He also has four assists.

But hockey wasn’t a priority for Saad on Wednesday with full organizational support from the Avalanche as his family grows. Saad, 28, opened up about fatherhood in a Chicago Tribune feature story from 2019. His wife, Alyssa, had just given birth to their first child — a boy, named Teo.

“It’s been pretty amazing going home and seeing yourself and your wife in him and knowing that you created him,” Saad told the Tribune. “It’s a miracle.”

The Avalanche roster is noted for its youth. But with several young fathers on the team, including Gabe Landeskog, Saad’s return to the ice will certainly be celebrated.…

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