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09-20-2012, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Sore Loser View Post
...moving on:

4. Defenseman David Savard
Age: 21
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in 4th round (#94 overall), 2009 NHL Draft

Analysis: After struggling through his first season of major junior hockey, David Savard stepped up in his first full year with the Moncton Wildcats, after being traded from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar late in his rookie season. With Moncton in 2008-09, Savard put up 9 goals and 44 points, which showed enough promise for the Jackets to select him in the fourth round of the draft. Savard's next year in the Q was an eye opener, with 13 goals and 77 points in 64 games, and also 1 goal and 15 points in 21 playoff games, helping Moncton earn a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament. Savard followed up his solid junior career with a very good year in Springfield (11g, 44p, 72 games), and then split last year between Springfield and Columbus. Savard is a solid puck mover, who should certainly challenge for a spot on the team - whenever the next season kicks off. Until then, he will continue to hone his skills in the American Hockey League.

Pros: Slick skater,
very good shot, good passer, underrated physical play, fairly well rounded in all three zones
Cons: Not a huge player, still fairly raw and needs development

Realistic Expectations: We can't complain about getting a guy like this in the fourth round of the draft, as he will likely be a fixture on our top-4 for quite some time. These are the kind of valuable picks that have been sorely lacking with this franchise since it's inception. Savard should develop into a good second pairing or very good third pairing defender, with powerplay skill. He seems to get better and better with each year of development, a real testament to his character and poise.

Stylistic Comparison: Drew Doughty
Interesting observation. Most things I read about Savard suggest his skating needs work.

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