Hartley works his centers hard and also shortens his bench when things get tight. I knew he was going to get the most out of Savard. While I'm sure Marc has his occasional defensive lapses, he's regained the slick passing skills that helped turn Jarome Iginla into a phenom. Easily the best trade Waddell has made yet.
Savard is currently leading the league with 62 face off wins. (62 wins/48 lost - 56%)
He currently has the 16th most ATOI amongst NHLers and 2nd amongst forwards(right behind Kozlov - 24:39 for Savard vs. 25:13 for Kozlov)
When Atlanta first acquired Savard I wasn't too sure what we were getting, especially considering the labels of "defensive liability" and "selfishness" put on him by various sources. His play at the end of last season and his play so far this season have erased all doubts from my mind. He was a great pick-up, especially when in hindsight the trade looks like this:
To Phoenix: Darcy Hordichuk
To Atlanta: Kirill Safronov and Ruslan Zainullin
To Calgary: Ruslan Zainullin
To Atlanta: Marc Savard
So DW basically turned Darcy Hordichuk into Marc Savard and Kirill Safronov. This is IMO amongst the best moves DW has made as the GM of this team.