COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: David Savard #44 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battles for the puck with Carl Klingberg #48 of the Winnipeg Jets during their game on September 20, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets defeated the Jets 5-1. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Welcome to another installment of "So, You Want to be a Blue Jacket?
This series is presented in the form of a mock job interview. The operative word here is mock. We're presenting these from the perspective of the player, as if they were applying for a job with the Jackets. The players themselves aren't involved, so don't contact the team if you disagree with one of their answers! No player will avoid the interview process, not even Rick Nash.
Q) Hi David, tell us a little about yourself.
A) I was born on October 22, 1990 in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. I'm a two-way defenseman and played my junior hockey for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. The Jackets drafted me in the fourth round, 94th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Q) Tell us about some intangibles you could bring to the Blue Jackets.
A) I am solid in all three zones. I'm reliable defensively, and I'm not afraid to pinch-up offensively. I can run a powerplay, using my hard and accurate shot from the point. At every level so far I have shown the ability to put up points- both on special teams and five-on-five. I don't shy away from physical play, I like to initiate contact and can play a shutdown role if required.
Q) What areas of your game do you think you can improve on?
A) I need to continue to produce at the pro level. I had a good rookie season last year, but for me to make the NHL I need to continue putting up points. There isn't a single area that I need to focus on, I just need to continue getting better in every aspect of the game.
Q) Can you give us some examples of your hockey accomplishments?
- A) In 2010, I was awarded the Kevin Lowe trophy as the top QMJHL defensive defenseman, the Butch Bouchard trophy as top overall QMJHL defenseman, and was also named CHL Defenseman of the Year. That season I was the highest scoring blueliner in the league, setting a record for defenseman assists with 64. Last year-my first pro season, with Springfield-I was the highest scoring defenseman on the team, and finished second in AHL scoring for rookie blueliners.