COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled defenseman David Savard from the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and activated defenseman Theo Ruth off injured reserve and assigned him to Springfield, Blue Jackets Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced October 27.
Savard, 21, appeared in one game for the Falcons and had two penalty minutes. He has recorded two assists and six penalty minutes in seven games with the Blue Jackets this season. He made his NHL debut against Nashville on October 7 and recorded his first NHL point at Dallas on October 15. In 2010-11, he played his first professional season with Springfield and collected 11-32-43 and 18 penalty minutes in 72 games. He led club defensemen in goals, assists and points and ranked eighth (tied) among AHL defensemen in goals and 14th (tied) in points.
A native of St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Savard was the Blue Jackets’ third pick, 94th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft. He spent the 2009-10 season with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats, where he notched 13-64-77 in 64 games to become the first defensemen to lead the league in assists. He helped Moncton win the QMJHL championship and was named CHL Defenseman of the Year, QMJHL First All-Star Team, won the QMJHL’s Emile-Bouchard Trophy for best defenseman and the Kevin Lowe Trophy for best defensive defenseman. In 199 career QMJHL games, he registered 23-110-133, 109 penalty minutes and had a cumulative plus/minus rating of +40.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when the club visits the Buffalo Sabres. Game time from First Niagara Center is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan and online at BlueJackets.com.
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