March 23, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) pushes Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) away from the front of the net at Nationwide Arena. Columbus won the game 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets' David Savard Is This Year's Dalton Prout

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Yet again David Savard will get a start for the Columbus Blue Jackets. As of this time, Coach Richards has not selected which defenseman will be getting the dreadful “healthy scratch.” But it won’t be Savard.

The young Savard aka James Van Der Beek reminds me of a certain defenseman who came out of nowhere last year, only to take the team by storm: Dalton Prout. And although Coach Richards hasn’t selected the healthy scratch for the game tonight, it could very well be Prout. Kind of ironic.

Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

If you watched any of David Savard’s game the last few years, you know how much it has improved. In years past, the speed of the game was obviously too much for him. When other teams would bring a heavy fore check, he would often be unable to find a forward open and turn the puck over.

Coming into training camp, nobody (and I mean nobody, so don’t say you did because I won’t believe you) saw Savard making the team. And once he did, nobody saw him actually sticking with the team, especially with the early return of Dalton Prout.

Fast forward to now, the seventh game of the season and David Savard is getting the no-doubt start tonight while Prout is still waiting on word from Richards. The healthy scratch could very well be James Wisniewski, and right-fully so if such is the case. But that’s not the point. No matter if the healthy scratch is Prout, or if it’s Wisniewski, we know one thing for sure: it’s not David Savard.

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