COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman David Savard to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2013-14 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, further terms were not disclosed.
Columbus’ third pick, 94th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft, Savard has appeared in 35 career games with the Blue Jackets, tallying 10 points (2-8-10), 16 penalty minutes and 35 shots on goal. He has also skated in 176 career American Hockey League games with the Springfield Falcons, recording 20-76-96 in addition to 130 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating.
In 2012-13, Savard appeared in four games with Columbus, dishing out four hits and blocking two shots. The 22-year-old finished second on the Falcons in scoring by a defenseman with 31 points on five goals and 26 assists. He led all Springfield defensemen in playoff scoring, tallying 2-3-5 in eight games played.
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.