Will Butcher
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 10/25/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Butcher's calling card has been his power-play prowess -- half of his 74 points through two seasons have come with the extra man. As long as the offseason addition of P.K. Subban doesn't push Butcher off the top power-play unit, the skilled passer should continue to rack up plenty of points. Butcher is average at best in his own zone (minus-16 rating) and has averaged just 13 PIM per season, so you're drafting him almost entirely for his offensive ability. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $11.2 million contract with the Devils in July of 2019.
No-go against Vancouver
DNew Jersey Devils
Undisclosed
October 18, 2019
Butcher (undisclosed) won't play Saturday against the Canucks.
ANALYSIS
The nature of Butcher's injury remains a mystery, but after Saturday's contest, the Devils are off until Oct. 25 against the Coyotes, so as long as he's not dealing with anything serious, he'll likely only be sidelined for one game. The 24-year-old blueliner has had a slow start to the season, notching one goal while posting a minus-1 rating in seven appearances.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:39
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:34
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:52
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
16:04
2:39
0:03
2018–19
19:16
2:46
0:08
2019–20
19:39
0:34
0:52
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Butcher hit the ground running as a rookie last year, posting 18 points in his first 23 games. While the league figured out how to slow him down a bit after that, the American blueliner still finished with an outstanding 44 points, including 23 with the extra man. He's locked into a role on New Jersey's top power-play unit, which should remain potent as long as a healthy Taylor Hall's sharing the ice with Butcher. The 23-year-old defenseman's rating will likely drop if his minutes become less sheltered in Year 2, but Butcher's upside with the extra man easily overshadows that minor risk.
Butcher was this offseason's collegiate free-agent prize after he declined to sign an entry-level deal with Colorado. Instead, the 22-year-old opted to join the Devils where he figures to start out as a third-pairing defenseman. Selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the diminutive player spent four seasons with the University of Denver -- including a senior campaign in which he tallied seven goals and 30 helpers in 43 outings. The Wisconsin native's limited stature -- he's just 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds -- undoubtedly will be tested by teams implementing an aggressive forecheck, which could be a red flag for fantasy owners with a heavy weight on plus/minus scoring. Otherwise, he profiles as an intriguing speculative add in virtually any format.
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Scoring down to start Year 3
DNew Jersey Devils
October 17, 2019
Butcher skated just 13:43 in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Rangers, finishing with one shot, one block and a minus-1 rating.
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Inks three-year deal
DNew Jersey Devils
July 31, 2019
Butcher signed a three-year, $11.2 million contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.
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Files for arbitration
DNew Jersey Devils
July 6, 2019
Butcher filed for arbitration Friday.
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Qualified by Devils
DNew Jersey Devils
June 26, 2019
Butcher was extended a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Tuesday.
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Falls well short of rookie totals
DNew Jersey Devils
April 7, 2019
Butcher dished out an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Florida. He finishes the season with four goals and 30 points in 78 games.
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