David Savard
David Savard
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Not surprisingly, Savard wasn't able to repeat his exceptional plus-33 rating from 2016-17, and with Seth Jones and Zach Werenski growing into more offensive responsibility, the veteran defenseman's scoring took a step backwards as well. That's not to say Savard played poorly, however, as he remains a steady second or third pairing stalwart on the Columbus blue line. The departure of long-time partner Jack Johnson could have an impact on Savard in 2018-19, but the duo was separated for significant stretches last year, and the 27-year-old will now get to play the role of mentor for another one of the Blue Jackets' up-and-comers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract with the Blue Jackets in September 2015. Deal goes into effect beginning in 2016-17 and runs through the 2020-21 season.
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DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 7, 2019
Savard scored once on two shots in a 4-2 victory against the Coyotes on Thursday.
At the end of last week, Savard was on a five-game pointless streak and his ice time was dwindling. But he has a point in each of the last two games, and in both contests, he skated more than 20 minutes. Savard won't blow anyone away with his numbers, but he's set to surpass many of his 2017-18 totals. The 28-year-old has four goals and 13 points with a plus-9 rating and 68 shots in 53 games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
While young Columbus blueliners Seth Jones and Zach Werenski got most of the headlines last year as the squad’s exciting young top pairing, Savard quietly went about his business and formed the team’s shutdown duo with a revitalized Jack Johnson, leading him to a third-place finish in the entire NHL with a plus-33 rating. Savard plays a smart, physical game and keeps his focus on getting the puck out of danger rather than looking for chances to join the rush, although his strong passing skills do allow him to collect points when the opportunity presents itself. The 26-year-old may leave the flashy plays to his younger teammates, but he'll remain a crucial part of the team’s defensive success going forward.
Savard's production took a step back last season as he battled foot and oblique injuries before ending his campaign early to undergo foot surgery. When healthy, the 25-year-old offers solid size and a strong presence in his own end while chipping in as a secondary option on the power play, a role that isn't likely to change with Seth Jones and Ryan Murray entrenched at the top of the depth chart, not to mention 2015 first-round pick Zach Werenski, who’s expected to crack the roster as well. Consider last year's 39 points to be Savard's ceiling rather than his baseline.
Though he was a strong prospect who had produced in the AHL, Savard took some time to get acclimated to life at the highest level, but he simply took off last year, blowing away the previous campaign's numbers in nearly every category. He's now a top-pairing blueliner for Columbus, and thus should be heavily involved on the offense. WIth James Wisniewski gone now, Savard could see his power-play role expanded, but unless he starts firing more pucks on net (just 112 in 82 games last year), he's a good bet to see his goal total fall back -- that 9.8 shooting percentage is very high for a defenseman and likely unsustainable. Still, that doesn't mean Savard should be discounted in fantasy drafts -- with all the minutes he'll be seeing on the ice with the Jackets' super-talented top forward lines, he's got the potential to pile up plenty of points.
Savard continues to produce solid offensive numbers in the AHL, but hasn't yet found a way to translate his skill to the next level. The Blue Jackets' depth chart on the blue line gets more crowded every year though, and Savard may need a change of scenery to get another crack at the NHL.
Savard didn't acquit himself too badly in his first look at the NHL, scoring 10 points and managing a plus-minus of zero in 31 games (not bad at all when you're toiling for the worst team in the league). He continues to see competition flow into the organization, with second-overall pick Ryan Murray and former Ranger prospect Tim Erixon joining Savard and John Moore to form what could be an impressive core of young blueliners in a few years, and, as a result Savard could remain on the AHL-NHL shuttle until Columbus starts phasing out its veteran defensemen to make room for the future.
John Moore was the more heralded prospect coming into last season, but it was Savard who hit the ground running in his first crack at the pros, and he rang up 11 goals and 43 points in 72 AHL games. Savard's still a little rough around the edges at both ends of the rink but he'll likely be among the first defensemen called up to Columbus this season if injuries strike the blue line, and if he works his way onto the first power play unit next to James Wisniewski he could provide some surprising production as a rookie.
Two-way defense prospect begins his pro career after a 13-64-77 showing in 64 QMJHL games last season.
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Ice time dwindling
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 4, 2019
Savard has only one goal and two points through 12 games in 2019 with a minus-3 rating.
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Still strong in own end
DColumbus Blue Jackets
January 1, 2019
Savard heads into 2019 with two goals, nine points and a plus-10 rating through 39 games.
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Ice time on decline
DColumbus Blue Jackets
November 5, 2018
Savard played a season-low 15:24 in Sunday's overtime loss to the Ducks, recording only one hit.
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Snags first point of season
DColumbus Blue Jackets
October 5, 2018
Savard generated a primary assist in a 3-1 home loss to the Hurricanes on Friday.
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Fifth straight 15-point season
DColumbus Blue Jackets
May 13, 2018
Savard collected 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 81 games during 2017-18 while averaging 19:23 of ice time.
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