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April 12, 2019 11:00 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Huge defensive effort against Bolts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard recorded a game-high six blocked shots while adding one shot, one hit and a plus-1 rating in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of their first-round series.

While the veteran blueliner didn't make an impact at the offensive end, he was a huge part of a shutdown defensive effort by the Jackets in front of Sergei Bobrovsky. Savard tied with his partner Markus Nutivaara to lead all skaters in even-strength ice time at 21:41, and the duo should continue to draw a heavy workload as the series shifts to Columbus on Sunday, with the Jackets shockingly up 2-0.

April 6, 2019 06:20 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Sparks offense in big win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard picked up two assists in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers.

The victory clinched a playoff spot for the Jackets, so Savard picked a good time for his first multi-point game of the season. The blueliner is heading into the postseason with a bit of momentum, racking up four goals and seven points in his last 11 games, but his stay-at-home role typically puts a ceiling on his fantasy value.

March 22, 2019 09:56 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Scores lone goal in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard scored his sixth goal of the season Thursday in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton.

The Blue Jackets continue to struggle down the stretch, much like the Oilers, but on this night, it was Edmonton walking out with the win. Despite losing, Savard was able to score his second goal in four games, giving him six on the year to go with his 12 assists. Savard also dished out a pair of hits in Thursday's loss.

March 6, 2019 04:24 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Picks apple in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard tallied an assist and two blocked shots over 20:11 of ice time Tuesday against the Devils.

Savard's assist actually came on a slap shot that missed the net and bounced off the boards behind the goal. Cam Atkinson was able to collect the rebound and score the go-ahead goal. Tuesday's point marks the first that Savard has scored since Feb. 16 against Chicago. In those eight games without a point, the Quebec native logged 23 shots on goal and 19 hits while averaging 20:40 of ice time.

February 8, 2019 11:36 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Tallies goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard scored once on two shots in a 4-2 victory against the Coyotes on Thursday.

At the end of last week, Savard was on a five-game pointless streak and his ice time was dwindling. But he has a point in each of the last two games, and in both contests, he skated more than 20 minutes. Savard won't blow anyone away with his numbers, but he's set to surpass many of his 2017-18 totals. The 28-year-old has four goals and 13 points with a plus-9 rating and 68 shots in 53 games.

February 4, 2019 12:12 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Ice time dwindling
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard has only one goal and two points through 12 games in 2019 with a minus-3 rating.

The 28-year-old defenseman has fallen to the Jackets' third pairing this season, and the 18:02 in ice time he's seen since the beginning of January would be his smallest workload over a full season since 2013-14. Savard is still a solid complementary piece on the Columbus blue line -- his overall plus-7 rating has him tied for fourth on the club -- but his lack of power-play action and dwindling role makes him tough to roster in most fantasy formats.

January 1, 2019 11:32 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Still strong in own end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard heads into 2019 with two goals, nine points and a plus-10 rating through 39 games.

The most veteran member of the Jackets' blue line corps has fallen to the third pairing, but Savard is still solid in his own end and is tied for fourth on the team in plus-minus with Pierre-Luc Dubois. Savard was among the NHL leaders in that category as recently as 2016-17, when he racked up a plus-33 rating, and while he'll likely never reach those heights again, he could still put together a strong second half -- if not a fantasy-friendly one.

November 5, 2018 11:33 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Ice time on decline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard played a season-low 15:24 in Sunday's overtime loss to the Ducks, recording only one hit.

He was consistently seeing more than 20 minutes of ice time a night earlier in the season, but since Seth Jones rejoined the lineup, Savard's spot on the Jackets' third pairing hasn't afforded him as many shifts. As per usual, the 28-year-old offers more fantasy value in formats that count secondary categories than he does in a straight points league -- through 14 games, Savard has only one goal and three points, but he's supplemented that with 17 shots, a plus-3 rating, eight PIM, 12 hits and 24 blocked shots.

October 6, 2018 12:52 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Snags first point of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard generated a primary assist in a 3-1 home loss to the Hurricanes on Friday.

Savard has recorded at least 15 points in five straight seasons, but he was on the lower end of that spectrum with a 16-spot (four goals, 12 assists) last year. Of course, there's plenty more that Savard does on the ice that may go unnoticed to the casual fantasy owner, such as the fact that he's achieved triple-digit totals in hits and blocked shots for four years running. Really, the only turnoff is that Savard barely gets unleashed on the power play.

May 13, 2018 11:48 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Fifth straight 15-point season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard collected 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 81 games during 2017-18, while averaging 19:23 of playing time.

The entire season Savard just missed one game and skated in all six playoff contests, just barely missing his second iron man season of his career. Savard frequently threw the puck on net in 2017-18 posting 145 shots on goal, but was victimized by a poor 2.8 shooting percentage, the lowest mark of his career. For the second straight season the 27-year-old was absent on the power play which will continue to limit his point production in upcoming seasons, but his 144 hits and 143 blocked shots were the most of any Columbus defensemen. Savard will return to Columbus for 2018-19, and should reprise a role on one of the top two pairings.

March 27, 2018 08:56 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Ready to roll Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard (illness) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Edmonton.

Savard wasn't able to practice Monday due to an illness, but he was likely never in serious danger of missing Columbus' matchup with the Oilers. The 27-year-old blueliner, who's totaled four goals and 15 points in 75 contests this campaign, will skate with Ian Cole on the Blue Jackets' bottom pairing against Edmonton.

March 26, 2018 01:36 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Absent from practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard missed Monday's practice session due to illness, Brian Hedger of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.

Savard's status for Tuesday's clash with Edmonton is up in the air, but Jack Johnson would figure to return to the lineup if the 26-year-old Savard is unable to give it a go. The defenseman is stuck in a 23-game goal drought and has managed a meager five helpers over that stretch. With 15 points on the season, it may be tough for the Quebec native to reach the 20-point threshold, even if he doesn't miss any time.

March 16, 2018 12:48 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Posts first multi-point game since October
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard registered two assists and five blocked shots during Thursday's 5-3 win over Philadelphia.

After three consecutive 20-point seasons, Savard has settled into more of a supporting role this season while also continuing to be leaned on heavily to kill penalties. He's definitely capable of posting better offensive numbers, and his peripheral contributions are serviceable (128 shots, 119 blocked shots and 119 hits). However, unless he marks the scoresheet more frequently, there aren't many fantasy settings in which Savard warrants a roster spot.

March 7, 2018 11:41 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Ends point drought Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard picked up an assist while adding two shots, three blocked shots, three hits and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.

While the veteran blueliner has quickly formed an effective partnership with trade deadline acquisition Ian Cole, the assist was Savard's first point in nine games. He now has four goals and 12 points in 66 games on the season, and given his current role he's unlikely to see a spike in production down the stretch.

January 31, 2018 11:32 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Finds back of net Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard scored the Blue Jackets' opening goal in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Wild.

His point shot floated through a crowd and beat Devan Dubnyk just 76 seconds into the game. Savard hasn't come close to matching last year's production, posting three goals and nine points with a minus-7 rating through 49 games, but if Columbus can find another gear in the second half it should at least help the veteran defenseman boost his plus-minus.

January 8, 2018 02:32 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Handed max fine
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard was fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his slash on the Panthers' Vincent Trocheck.

Savard not only avoids a suspension, but also didn't even have to serve a penalty for the slash. The 26-year-old has compiled two goals, six helpers and 78 shots and could fail to reach the 20-point mark -- something he achieved in each of his previous three campaigns. While his fine won't affect fantasy owners, it could open the door for Savard to be suspended for future infractions.

December 18, 2017 11:01 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Struggling to record points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard recorded one shot on goal in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Carolina.

After clearing the 20-point plateau each of the last three seasons, Savard has only collected seven points (two goals, five assists) in 32 games. Still, Savard's shooting percentage sits at a mere 3.2 percent and he averages 19:41 of ice time, so the points should start rolling in eventually. Regardless, Savard has notched 59 hits and 53 blocked shots so far this season, and he continues to provide a physical presence on the blue line.

November 11, 2017 12:13 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Continues chipping in peripheral numbers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard has recorded 34 shots, 10 PIM, 28 hits and 31 blocked shots while averaging 19:45 of ice time per contest through 17 games this season.

The steady defenseman owns the offensive upside to post respectable scoring numbers, but he's settled into a defensive role and has begun 56.7 percent of his five-on-five shifts in his own end. As a result, Savard's fantasy value lies in his ability to tilt the scales across all categories, which can be quite beneficial in particular settings.

October 16, 2017 03:49 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Two-point performance Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Wild.

He also added four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating. The points were Savard's first of the season, but after setting a career high with a plus-33 rating in 2016-17, the veteran defenseman is back at it with a plus-4 rating through five games.

April 8, 2017 09:28 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Could see reduced minutes in final games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard might have his ice time reduced over the final two games of the regular season, Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The Blue Jackets' depth on the blue line has been tested down the stretch with both Zach Werenski (shoulder) and Ryan Murray (hand) sidelined, and now that their first-round playoff matchup is set in stone, coach John Tortorella may want to give his key defensemen a bit of a break prior to their postseason showdown with the Penguins. Savard has carried a heavy load this season, averaging 21:46 a night, and if Werenski can't return for the start of the playoffs that ice time will probably increase with Savard and Jack Johnson forming the Jackets' most reliable defensive duo. Getting fewer shifts this weekend might help keep some pep in Savard's postseason step.

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