“There are young people who have arrived here with a lot of talent,” Savard said Tuesday prior to the Canadiens’ departure for Columbus, where they will face the Blue Jackets Wednesday (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). “If we manage them well, they will gain experience with each game and then it is a question of working with them. They have different skills and different visions of the game.
“I remember that we had a similar youth movement when I played in Columbus,” added Savard. “It’s part of the hockey life cycle. I had some great years in Columbus after that, so those things happen. And, for us, I think that bodes well for the future. With the young people we have here, it’s going to be fun.”
It hasn’t been fun for most of the season with the Canadiens having the second-worst defensive record in the NHL, allowing 3.79 goals a game. The problems started when the team opened the season without goaltender Carey Price, defenceman Shea Weber and defensive forward Phillip Danault.