How well do you know David Savard?

Published August 12, 2021 at 1:52 PM

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to do a series of articles on the newcomers of the Habs that I'll call "How well do you know", in order to prepare our 2021-2022 season! Today, I'm talking about the one who will replace, in a certain way, Shea Weber.

David Savard was born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and played in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats. In his best season in junior, he scored 77 points, which is more than a point per game.

David is 6'2" and 235 pounds which fits perfectly with the Habs' lineup. He excels at defending his position no matter who he plays against. He takes his game up a notch ahead of the best in the league. From his own territory to the opposition's zone, he moves the puck very well. Over the years, he has developed an expertise in the art of blocking shots. He is the kind of defenseman who can accumulate a lot of minutes in a game.

In 2009 he was named the best junior defenseman in Canada which is very rare for a Quebecer. Montreal fans will love David.

The number 58 is the kind of player built to play in a big market. He was born to play hockey. As you will have read here for the first time, Savard is going to replace Shea Weber very well. To me, he is one of the most underrated players in the National Hockey League.

He brings with him a lot of experience, including 10 years as a defenseman in the League and a Stanley Cup. Marc Bergevin went out and got Savard in his prime, and he's going to be playing in his prime over the next few years. Above all, let's not forget his leadership on and off the ice that is on par with his game. He'll be a second-wave power play player and a first-wave penalty kill player.

So far, without taking anything away from the others, David Savard is Marc Bergevin's best acquisition. I'm not talking about salary or contract year here, I'm just talking about his talent, his size, his age, his work ethic, he's a "coach player" as they say in the business. He will be a great role model for Alexander Romanov. A quality defenseman, a leader and a French speaking guy on top of that, it's the trifecta.

Welcome home, David Savard!

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