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01-23-2011, 11:24 PM
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Melville selects Andre Savard, C



Here's a guy who flew under the radar but was a very good player for an undistinguished 790-game NHL career. He was a very consistent 2nd-tier offensive player who had between 38 and 44 points seven times, plus 60 and 74-point seasons. He killed a very respectable 20% of his team's penalties, for teams that were outstanding on the PK (not sure how much of that can be credited to him, though) - He scored 0.49 ajdusted ESPPG which is outstanding for a guy available now. Having been on the ice for just 11% of his team's powerplays, practically all his points were even strength. Suddenly, 482 points in 790 games doesn't look so pedestrian, does it?

Savard was never a minus player until his final NHL season. Always a solid secondary contributor to good teams, he never missed the playoffs in his 12 NHL seasons. His career adjusted +/- of +14 is remarkable considering he started with Orr and Esposito as off-ice comparables, then Perreault and the Ramsay line in their heyday.

A definite option for an underrated two-way second line center at the AAA level.

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Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1982
Give Punch Imlach credit for bringing him to Buffalo... survived demotion to minor leagues to reach full potential last season as outstanding defensive center and penalty killer who cost veteran Don Luce his job... strong forechecker... skilled at winning faceoffs...won Charley Barton Memorial Silver Stick for his love of the game, and Tim Horton Memorial Unsung Hero award last season.
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Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1983
Tough little guy who comes to play... underrated as a good two-way forward... will score a big goal or make a big defensive play... will try, try, and try again... biggest problem is consistency... will be up for two weeks and down for three... was groomed as penalty killer, eventually succeeding Don Luce... does all the little things well - faceoffs, defense , backchecking... never quits... showed up at training camp two years ago without a job and was a starter opening night.

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