2020-21 Team: USNTDP Juniors
Date of Birth: May 15, 2003
Place of Birth: Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 174 pounds
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2021 first-year eligible
- NHL Central Scouting: 54th (amongst NA skaters)
- Dobber Prospects: 89th
- FCHockey: 95th
- Matthew Zator’s April Rankings: 82nd
- Peter Baracchini’s March Rankings: Honourable Mention
- Smaht Scouting: 65th
When you look at the prospects available each year, there are always a few players who catch everyone’s attention, not because of their style of play, but due to their name. Red Savage has one of the best names in this draft, besides Owen Power, of course.
He is the son of former NHLer Brian Savage, who had a 12-year NHL career playing most notably for the Montreal Canadiens. He also won an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada in the 1993 Olympic Games.
Related: 2021 NHL Draft Guide
Savage brings a fantastic two-way game, he’s a Swiss Army knife, to say the least. His ability to get back on the defensive end and shut down the offensive rush is remarkable, and a skill that he can utilize for years to come. He possesses a high hockey IQ that also allows him to carry the puck into the offensive zone and create some scoring opportunities for his linemates.
As a defensive powerhouse, Savage is relied on when it comes to the penalty kill. As mentioned above, his ability to play aggressively and shut the offensive zone down is something that scouts are going to drool over. He is also successful in the faceoff circle, an extremely useful tool, especially when it comes to the checking role and penalty kill.
Savage is committed to Miami University (Ohio) and will compete in the NCAA during the 2021-22 season, giving him another year to develop. A two-way center, he brings a lot of tenacity to his game and will most certainly be a pest that players will have to deal with for years. His offensive game requires some work, but after some tweaks, he could develop into a top-six center.
Red Savage @USAHockeyNTDP (#19) with a nice net-front battle, resulting in a goal!🚨— Dylan Krill (@dylan_krill) February 28, 2021
He currently has 13 points (6G,7A) in 15 games #2021NHLDraft #USHL pic.twitter.com/UbfNr9mWOd
Red Savage – NHL Draft Projection
Savage is projected to go in the third round of the NHL Entry Draft, somewhere between 65th and 90th. I would expect him to be an early third-round pick.
“Brian Savage’s younger son is a solid two way left centre with an aggressive attacking style and good stop/start speed along with excellent acceleration. He wants the puck, wants to be the guy carrying it on zone entries and has an excellent hockey IQ and hands to generate offense. When a teammate is in possession, he jumps from the bushes of quiet ice as an option and waste any time letting it fly. There is lots toile about his developing game. Committed to Miami of Ohio.” – Bill Placzek – Lines.com
“I would call myself a 200-foot center that plays with a lot of tenacity and work ethic who isn’t afraid to get pucks in corners and work to get whatever I can out of a play.” – Red Savage – 2021 BioSteel All-American Game post-practice Media Availability
- Hockey IQ
- Defensive Awareness
Under Construction (Improvements to Make)
Savage has the ability to evolve into a top-six center. He would need quite a bit of development in order to achieve that but his resume shows he can work hard. It is more likely you will see Savage as a bottom-six forward and penalty killer.
Risk – 4/5, Reward – 2/5
Fantasy Hockey Potential
Offence – 5/10, Defence – 8/10
- 2017-2018 HPHL 14U Champion
- 2018-2019 HPHL 16U Champion
- 2019-2020 U17 WHC Silver Medal