The 1973 NHL Amateur Draft was touted as one of the most rich in talent since its creation. Denis Potvin went first overall to the Islanders, followed by such greats as Lanny McDonald, Bob Gainey, and Rick Middleton. With the sixth pick overall, the Boston Bruins selected Andre Savard from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
Savard lead the league in the 1972-73 season with 151 points in 56 games as well as all players in the playoffs with 24 assists and 42 assists in only 15 playoff games. After being drafted, he quickly made the jump to the NHL the next season with the Bruins. He joined a very talented team that boasted the top four scorers in the NHL in 1973-74: Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Ken Hodge, and Wayne Cashman.
After only three seasons in Boston, Savard signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres in 1976. He spent seven seasons in Buffalo collecting a career high in goals, assists, and points for the 1980-81 campaign with 31, 43, and 74 respectfully in 79 games played. Savard was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in 1983 where he stayed until the end of his playing career in 1985 when he retired because of a serious knee injury.
He returned to Quebec's AHL affiliate team the Fredericton Express as its general manager and coach. He made the return to the NHL as the Nordiques' head coach for the 1987-88 season. It was a short-lived stay as he was let go after only 24 games and a losing record.
Savard joined the Montreal Canadiens in July 2000 as the director of hockey personnel and was promoted to the position of general manager in November of the same year.