• Two points in four preseason games

    News: David Savard finished the preseason with two assists and a plus-four rating in four preseason games.
    Analysis: He'll begin the season on the Blue Jackets' top pairing beside Jack Johnson, but power-play minutes could be tough to come by for David Savard if the team continues using the 1-3-1 alignment they experimented with during the exhibition schedule. As a key defenseman on a young and improving roster though, Savard could still have some fantasy value in deeper formats.
  • Jackets' Savard Inks Big Extension

    News: David Savard signed a five-year, $21.25 million extension with the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. The deal will go into effect beginning next season and runs through 2020-21.
    Analysis: The 24-year-old David Savard earned the massive deal on the heels of his breakout 2014-15 campaign, during which he ranked second on the Blue Jackets in defenseman scoring with 36 points, while also setting career highs in goals (11) and ice time (22:56 average). Savard is expected to remain on the Jackets' top defensive pair with Jack Johnson again, and could be just scratching the surface of his offensive potential.
  • Jackets' Savard Notches Two Assists

    News: David Savard picked up two assists and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over the Sabres.
    Analysis: David Savard is finishing the season strong, notching nine points in his last 12 games. Skating on the top defensive pairing with Jack Johnson, Savard has put together a great season, recording 11 goals and 35 points. With 67 PIM, three power-play goals and 108 shots on goal, this emerging fantasy stud isn't going to be able to fly under the radar in most fantasy leagues next season.
  • Jackets' Savard Gets Assist, Four PIM In Win

    News: David Savard recorded an assist and four PIM in Saturday's win over the Blues.
    Analysis: David Savard isn't lighting up the score sheet, but with a goal and three assists over his last six games, he's certainly making an impact of late for the Blue Jackets. The assist Saturday gives him 30 points on the campaign, which may only represent the baseline for the 24-year-old's production over the next few years.
  • Jackets' Savard Hits Double-Digit Goals

    News: David Savard scored his 10th goal of the year Tuesday in a 5-3 loss to the Capitals.
    Analysis: Few prognosticators -- if any -- foresaw David Savard doubling his goal total from last year with this much season to go, but even so, he has a modest 25 points in 63 games. For what it's worth, though, four of those points have come in the last six contests.
  • Two Helpers For Jackets' Savard

    News: David Savard handed out assists on both Columbus goals Thursday in a 5-2 loss to the Canadiens.
    Analysis: Despite the losing effort, it's another entry in a series of recent productive efforts for David Savard, who's picked up seven points over his last 10 games. He makes a reasonable add for the back end of the fantasy blue line for owners in need.
  • Jackets' Savard Gathers Two Points In Loss

    News: David Savard registered a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Kings.
    Analysis: With a couple of injured mates, David Savard continued to see an uptick in his ice time as he skated for 23:44 in the loss, well up from his season average. The blueliner has 20 points on the season, including four in the last five games, and could be worthy of consideration in deeper formats.
  • Jackets' Savard Tallies Assist In Win

    News: David Savard chipped in with an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Senators.
    Analysis: With James Wisniewski (lower body) and Ryan Murray (ankle) both missing Saturday, David Savard saw his ice time rise to 23:15, about a minute more than his season average. Murray is slated to miss the next four-to-six weeks, while Wisniewski's projected return date remains unknown, providing Savard ample opportunity to see further action on the top pairing with Jack Johnson. The 24-year-old has already attained fantasy relevance in deeper leagues, as his seven goals and 18 points over 51 games indicate he possesses a little more scoring upside than most blueliners.
  • Jackets' Savard Gets Third Game-Winner

    News: David Savard registered the game-winning goal in Sunday's defeat of the Avalanche.
    Analysis: David Savard has made his seven snipes on the season count, as three of them have been of the game-winning variety. The 24-year-old is enjoying a solid season with 14 points across 37 games, which is probably enough to keep him on the radar in deeper leagues.
  • Jackets' Savard Picks Up Two Assists Saturday

    News: David Savard recorded two assists, two shots on goal, four PIM and eight hits in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Penguins.
    Analysis: His minus-9 rating is a little hard to swallow, but David Savard has become a potential fantasy asset in deep leagues with 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 20 PIM in 29 games, as well as 38 blocked shots and 65 hits for owners in leagues that use those categories.