COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman David Savard to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Savard, 23, skated in 70 games with Columbus in 2013-14, scoring five goals and dishing out 10 assists for 15 points to go along with a +2 plus/minus rating, 28 penalty minutes and 63 shots on goal. He ranked fourth on the club in blocked shots with 81 and was second in both goals and hits (149) by a defenseman. In six Stanley Cup Playoff games, the 6-2, 219-pound blueliner recorded 0-4-4 to rank second (tied) on the team in assists.
Columbus’ third pick, 94th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft, Savard has appeared in 105 career NHL games, tallying 7-18-25, 44 penalty minutes and 98 shots on goal. He has also appeared in 176 American Hockey League games with the Springfield Falcons, recording 20-76-96, 130 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating.
A native of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Savard was named the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year in 2009-10 after registering 13-64-77 and a +32 rating with the President’s Cup Champion Moncton Wildcats. He tallied 23-110-133 in 199 career QMJHL games with Moncton and Baie-Comeau from 2007-10.