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March 9, 2020 01:12 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Bags helper in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard notched an assist, three shots on goal, three hits, four blocked shots and four PIM in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Canucks.

Savard remains on the hunt for his first goal of the year -- he has just 11 assists through 68 games. The 29-year-old blueliner is a solid defensive presence with 163 blocks, 129 hits and 97 shots this year, but the lack of offense makes him a no-go from a fantasy perspective.

February 13, 2020 01:52 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Will play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard (personal) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Sabres, Brian Hedger of reports.

Despite an absence from the team plane due to the birth of his son, Savard appears to be back with the squad and will avoid missing action. Gabriel Carlsson, who was recalled Wednesday for the trip, seems the most likely candidate to cede his lineup spot to Savard.

February 12, 2020 07:40 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Doesn't travel to Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard didn't travel with the team for Thursday's game versus the Sabres after the birth of his son, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

Savard could miss his first game of the season as he spends time with his family. Gabriel Carlsson is expected to enter the lineup in his place if Savard can't go. This doesn't have major fantasy implications because Savard has just eight points over 55 games.

January 28, 2020 11:44 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Delivering in own end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard has one assist, 17 shots, 21 hits, 26 blocked shots and a plus-4 rating through 11 games in January.

The veteran blueliner has always been more valuable to fantasy GMs playing in formats with extended categories, recording triple digits in hits and blocked shots in each of the last five seasons, but Savard has ramped up his production in those categories in 2019-20. So far this year, he already has 111 blocks through only 49 games, putting him on pace to shatter his career high of 143, and his 91 hits aren't too far behind.

December 23, 2019 10:48 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Back in action Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard (illness) will return to the lineup for Monday's road game against the Islanders, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.

Savard missed the last two games due to a sickness, but he's good to go for Monday's divisional clash. The 29-year-old isn't the concern of fantasy gamers, though, as he's notched just five points through 34 games this season.

December 21, 2019 06:12 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Change of plans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard (illness) will not dress Saturday against the Devils, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.

Savard was listed in Columbus' projected lineup for Saturday night's affair but will miss the contest with the same illness that kept him from playing in the Blue Jackets' last game. He'll hope to be healthy enough to dress Tuesday versus the Islanders.

December 21, 2019 03:04 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Set to return Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard (illness) is expected to suit up Saturday versus New Jersey,'s Craig Merz reports.

Savard missed Thursday's game versus Los Angeles with an illness, but all signs point to him returning Saturday. With only five assists in 34 games this season, the 29-year-old blueliner's presence will do little to alter fantasy fortunes.

December 19, 2019 06:16 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Won't play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard will miss Thursday's game against the Kings due to an illness.

Savard is headed for his first absence of the season Thursday and it's expected to result in Gabriel Carlsson drawing in for the first time this season. Considering Savard has collected just five points (all assists) and owns a plus-1 rating on the year, there shouldn't be a huge fantasy shakeup with the swap.

November 30, 2019 10:52 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Earns assist in physical showing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard collected an assist and a game-high seven hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.

It was a chippy game, which suits Savard's playing style fairly well. He got on the scoresheet with an assist on the empty-net goal by Gustav Nyquist. Savard only has four assists in 25 games, but he's added 50 hits and 47 blocked shots as well. His physical presence and defensive responsibility makes Savard a staple in coach John Tortorella's lineup.

November 11, 2019 11:04 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Remains stalwart in own end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard has two assists, a minus-2 rating, four PIM, 19 shots, 30 hits and 33 blocked shots through 17 games.

As per usual, the veteran defenseman isn't offering much fantasy value in traditional formats, but his physical play and willingness to get in front of pucks gives him some utility in leagues that score categories beyond just points. Savard's plus-minus could also pick up as the season progresses if the Jackets as a whole can tighten up their play -- he's a combined plus-54 over the last three seasons, and hasn't finished in the red since 2015-16.

October 24, 2019 11:24 PM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Better on ice than in fantasy arena
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard set up two goals in the 4-3 overtime victory over Carolina on Thursday night.

He also had six blocks. These were Savard's first points of the season. He's not much of a fantasy factor -- his career-best 36-point season happened five years ago. But this was a sweet on-ice performance.

October 17, 2019 10:24 AM
Blue Jackets' David Savard: Physical start to season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savard has yet to score a point through six games this season.

The veteran isn't a key part of the Columbus blue line for his offense, though -- Savard has laid at least two hits in every game and has dished 15 in total, putting him well on pace for his seventh straight season with triple digits in that category. His minus-4 rating is a little concerning, but Savard was a plus-1 in Wednesday's win over the Stars and his fortunes should improve as the 3-3-0 Jackets finds their footing.

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.

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