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Prospects Report: March 24, 2010

by William Yoder / Columbus Blue Jackets

Every Wednesday throughout the 2009-10 season, will bring you the "Prospect Report" to keep Columbus fans updated on the next wave of Blue Jackets players.

Will Weber, D
21 years old, 6-4, 225 pounds (Gaylord, MI)
Drafted in the second round, 53rd overall in the 2007 Entry Draft

Will Weber won the CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman Award. Weber was the only underclassman among the finalists considered for the award, finished seventh in the CCHA in plus/minus at +14 for the Miami RedHawks. By winning, Weber became the third RedHawk to win the award in the last five seasons, and the fourth overall. The defenseman helped Miami advance to the third round of the CCHA playoffs before his club fell to No. 17 Michigan last Friday. Miami will advance to the NCAA Championship Regional Round this weekend where they will face Alabama-Huntsville in the first round. Weber finished the regular season with one goal and nine assists for 10 points.

David Savard, D

18 years old, 6-1, 200 pounds (St. Hyacinthe, QUE)
Selected in the fourth round, 94th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft

Savard was recently named both team Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player for the Moncton Wildcats. Savard showed he deserved those awards Tuesday night as he scored an unassisted goal at the 14:53 mark in overtime to give the Wildcats a 3-0 series lead over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the CHL playoffs. Through three playoff games Savard has one goal and three assists for four points and a +6 plus/minus rating. Savard finished the regular season tallying 13-64-77.

Matt Rust, F

21-years-old, 5-10, 190 (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
Selected in the fourth round, 101st overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

The Blue Jackets acquired Michigan Wolverine forward Matt Rust at the trade deadline in return for defenseman Mathieu Roy. Rust, a junior, currently ranks third on the Wolverines in points with 38. The forward has contributed 13 goals and 25 assists this season to go with a +19 plus/minus rating. Rust recently helped Michigan upset number two ranked Miami in the CCHA playoffs by tallying three assists in their 5-2 victory last Friday. Rust was a finalist for the CCHA Best Defensive Forward award, but lost out to Miami's Tommy Wingels.

Matt Calvert, LW

19-years-old, 5-10, 182 (Brandon, Manitoba)
Selected in the fifth round, 127th overall, in 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Matt Calvert signed a three-year entry level contract with the Blue Jackets last Thursday. Through three games in the WHL playoffs, Calvert has helped the Wheat Kings go 3-0 by tallying 3-4-7 with a +3 plus/minus rating. Calvert finished the regular season by finishing first on his team in goals with 47 and points with 99, second in plus/minus with +47, and fourth in assists with 52.

John Moore, D

18-years-old, 6-2, 195 (Winnetka, Illinois)
Selected in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Moore contributed a first period assist to help the Kitchener Rangers top the Saginaw Spirit 2-1 in the CHL playoffs Monday night. Moore finished the regular season tallying 10-37-47 with 53 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Rangers in 2009-10 he spent two seasons playing for the Chicago Steel of the USHL where he combined for 20-36-54 in two seasons.

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