2009-10: David Savard was named the Defenseman of the Year in Canadian major junior hockey and was the leading scorer for league champion Moncton in his third QMJHL season. He scored 13 goals with a league-leading 64 assists in 64 games for the Wildcats and was plus-32 with 36 penalty minutes. Moncton finished second behind Saint John in the Atlantic Division but defeated the Sea Dogs in the playoff finals. Savard scored 1 goal with 14 assists and was plus-20 with 8 penalty minutes in 21 playoff contests.
2010-11: Savard skated for Columbus' AHL affiliate Springfield in his first season in pro hockey. He was the Falcons' third-leading scorer, netting 11 goals with a team-high 32 assists and was minus-six with 18 penalty minutes in 72 games. Springfield failed to make the playoffs; finishing sixth in the Atlantic Division.
2011-12: Savard split time between the AHL and NHL last season. In his second season in Springfield, he had 22 points in 44 games while running a tight ship on the blue line. He appeared in 31 games in the NHL with an even plus minus and ten points. In the pros he proved he was a reliable d-man immediately and averaged nearly 17 minutes per game.
Savard has a great shot, but that isn’t the reason he is one of the team’s top defensemen. He is a strong skater, who isn’t afraid to physically dominate forwards in his own zone.
Savard will start the season with Columbus. He proved he can handle the NHL last year and this season should be no different.