Marc Savard

By pbadmin

Marc Savard 19 years old, 5’10 177lbs, Rangers 3rd pick 91st overall 1995.

When Marc Savard was drafted by the Oshawa Generals in 1993, the scouts said
“he’s too small”. That was a line, like many other hockey players who are
5’10 180lbs are told. Savard had a successful first OHL season compiling 64
points. But still Savard didn’t get much recognition. In his second OHL
season Marc Savard led the OHL in scoring with 139 points. Not bad eh? But
remember he is still 5’10 180lbs..too small. Despite leading the OHL in
scoring in his draft year Savard didn’t get selected until the 3rd round by
the New York Rangers. During his third OHL season Savvy (nickname) was well
on his way to a second consecutive OHL scoring crown until he broke his
ankle. Still Savard finished the season with 87 points in just 47 games. Of
course the scouts dwelled that Marc’s injury was a result of his size, he
“will never cut it at the next level”. After three fantastic junior
season’s, a NHL training camp under his belt, Savard wasn’t even considered
for Canada’s World Junior team or a prospect for the NHL, which bitterly
disappointed him. One of the biggest negatives about Savard was his
reputation as selfish player. Despite always having more assists than goals,
and always looking to pass rather than shoot, the word on Savard was he is
more interested in Marc Savard than the Oshawa Generals. Entering 1996-97
OHL campaign Savard wanted to do two things. Establish him self as a team
player and reclaim his scoring title which eluded him the previous season.
Indeed he did accomplish his two goals becoming an alternate captain and
winning the OHL scoring derby over Joe Thornton with 130 points. Marc also
became the Oshawa Generals all time leading scorer quite a feat considering
Bobby Orr, Eric Lindros, Dave Andreychuk and John MacLean are all Oshawa
alumunists and he shook the monkey off his back in the playoffs. Savard led
the OHL in regular season points and playoff points, which included the OHL
Finals game winning goal in Overtime against the heavily favoured Ottawa
67’s. There is no question Marc Savard has all the offensive tools. But
does he have the skating ability, defensive awareness and size to make it at
the next level. The last time these questions were being asked the scouts
were talking about Joe Sakic. Savard and Sakic have so much in common. We
are not saying Savard will develop into the next Sakic, he could turn out to
be a Yannic Perrault, but Savvy is always a step ahead of everybody on the
ice. Savard is young enough to play in the OHL again this season. But
Savard is old enough to play in the NHL too. And that’s where he belongs.
He has earned it. He deserves it. Marc Savard finished 4th in preseason
scoring and if the preseason is any idication, 25 other NHL GM’s who passed
up on Marc Savard in the 1995 NHL entry draft because he was “too small and
selfish”, your boss may be asking you why you told him to pass on #27 from
the Oshawa Generals.