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.
2012-13: Savard appeared in four games with Columbus in his second pro season; spending most of the year with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate Springfield. Re-called following the NHL lockout, he appeared in three games with Columbus before being returned to the Falcons and later played one NHL game in April. Savard had no points and was -3; averaging 13 minutes of ice time with the Blue Jackets. He was the second-leading scorer amongst Springfield defensemen behind AHL veteran Nick Holden. Savard scored 5 goals with 26 assists in 60 games and was +12 with 40 penalty minutes. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Savard tied forward Boone Jenner for the team lead with five points in the playoffs — scoring 2 goals with 3 assists and finishing -4 with 8 penalty minutes. Savard was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Blue Jackets in July, 2013.
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.
After a season where he was squeezed out of Columbus’ depth chart, Savard has some ground to make up. Two years ago he proved he can play in the NHL and he will need to build on a strong performance in Springfield last season to prove he belongs with the Blue Jackets.