Savard with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013
October 22, 1990|
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning|
Columbus Blue Jackets
94th overall, 2009|
Columbus Blue Jackets
David Savard (born October 22, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 94th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Savard won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2021.
Savard was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. As a youth, he played in the 2003 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Collège Antoine-Girouard, and in the 2004 event with the Richelieu Éclaireurs.
Savard was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 94th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft after his second season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he played as reliable defenceman with strong defensive skills.
The following season, by demand from the team that had drafted him, Savard started to support the offence a little more aiming to become a more complete player. Consequently, he was awarded many trophies at the end of his third junior season, such as the Émile Bouchard Trophy rewarding the best QMJHL Defensive defenceman and the Kevin Lowe Trophy awarded to the best QMJHL defenceman, while finishing first league scorer among defencemen, establishing a league record for assists as a defenceman.
In the same year, he was selected to participate to the Subway Super Series, wearing a Quebec jersey in the tournament. He was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) best defenceman, recognizing his remarkable season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL in 2009–10.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The next year, while still being eligible to play for a junior team, the Columbus Blue Jackets assigned him to play with the Springfield Falcons, the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. After an excellent pro training camp, the Blue Jackets decided Savard would progress faster at the AHL, following his high marks in junior hockey the former year.
Savard then donned the Springfield Falcons colours in the American Hockey League during the 2010–11 season where he finished as the team's top scoring defenceman, and second among the league's rookie defencemen.
Savard scored his first career NHL goal on February 7, 2012, against Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Bäckström. After playing 31 games during the 2011–12 season at the age of 21, he was slowed by an injury suffered in December 2012, shortly before the 2012–13 NHL lock-out's resolvement. At the Blue Jackets' camp, he was not able to do justice at the beginning of a season that was going to be shortened, but still managed to be in the line-up for four of the team's 48 games. He spent the majority of the 2012–13 season with Springfield.
Savard played his first full NHL season with the Blue Jackets during the 2013–14 season, registering 15 points in 70 games. On July 5, 2014, Savard signed a two-year contract with the Blue Jackets.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Entering the final year of his contract in the pandemic delayed 2020–21 season, Savard in his tenth season with the Blue Jackets collected 1 goal and 6 points through 40 regular season games. Approaching the NHL trade deadline, Savard was involved in a three-way trade being initially dealt to the Detroit Red Wings with his salary retained by 50% in exchange for Brian Lashoff before he was flipped to the Tampa Bay Lightning with his salary further retained by the Red Wings in exchange for a 2021 fourth-round pick. The Lightning sent the Blue Jackets a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick in exchange for Lashoff to complete the transaction on April 10, 2021.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||Séminaire St-François Blizzard||QMAAA||44||10||16||26||52||18||1||12||13||10|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||31||2||8||10||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||70||5||10||15||28||6||0||4||4||4|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||11||25||36||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||65||4||21||25||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||74||6||17||23||44||5||0||1||1||4|
|2017–18||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||81||4||12||16||32||6||0||0||0||0|
|2018–19||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||8||16||24||36||10||1||2||3||4|
|2019–20||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||68||0||11||11||35||10||0||3||3||2|
|2020–21||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||40||1||5||6||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2020–21||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||14||0||0||0||0||20||0||5||5||6|
|2015 Czech Republic|
Awards and honours
|Emile Bouchard Trophy (Best Defenceman)||2010|
|Kevin Lowe Trophy (Best Defensive Defenceman)||2010|
|First All-Star Team||2010|
|CHL Defenceman of the Year||2010|
|Stanley Cup (Tampa Bay Lightning)||2021|||
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
- "Blue Jackets sign defenseman David Savard to one-year contract". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "Savard traded to Lightning in multi-team deal". The Sports Network. April 10, 2021. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
- "Canada's National Men's Team wins gold medal at 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship". Hockey Canada. May 17, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- "Tampa Bay close out Montreal Canadiens to win second straight Stanley Cup". ESPN. July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Emile Bouchard Trophy
| Kevin Lowe Trophy
| CHL Defenceman of the Year