The Columbus Blue Jackets
signed defenseman David Savard
to a standard three-year entry-level contract, general manager Scott Howson announced Thursday.
Savard, 19, registered 13 goals and 64 assists for 77 points, 36 penalty minutes and had a plus-32 rating in 64 regular-season games with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2009-10. He added 1 goal and 15 points with eight penalty minutes in 21 playoff games to help the Wildcats win the QMJHL championship and earn a berth in the Memorial Cup. Savard was named the Canadian Hockey League Defenseman of the Year, won the Emile-Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL's Defenseman of the Year, was awarded the Kevin Lowe
Trophy as the QMJHL's top defensive defenseman, was named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and became the first defenseman in league history to lead the QMJHL in assists.
"David had an outstanding season this year, culminating in his winning the Kevin Lowe
Trophy and helping Moncton get to the Memorial Cup," Howson said. "He plays a solid all-around game, and we are excited to add him to our group of young defensemen in the organization."
The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native was Columbus' third pick, No. 94, in the 2009 Entry Draft. He collected 23 goals, 110 assists, 133 points, 109 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus-40 rating in 199 career QMJHL games with Moncton and Baie-Comeau. He added 6 goals, 19 assists, 25 points and 18 penalty minutes in 31 career playoff games.