Will Butcher
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Devils in August of 2017.
Files for arbitration
DNew Jersey Devils
July 6, 2019
Butcher filed for arbitration Friday.
ANALYSIS
The 24-year-old made just $925,000 in each of the past two seasons, registering 74 points over 159 contests. With production like that, Butcher's next contract will include a substantial raise on his entry-level contract. Likely to start next season on New Jersey's third defensive pairing, Butcher could ascend the depth chart with a solid showing at training camp.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:16
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:46
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:08
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
16:04
2:39
0:03
2018–19
19:16
2:46
0:08
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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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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Sets up power-play score
DNew Jersey Devils
March 25, 2019
Butcher dished out a power-play assist in Monday's win over the Sabres.
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Back in Monday
DNew Jersey Devils
March 25, 2019
Butcher (illness) will return to the lineup Monday against Buffalo, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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Out again Saturday
DNew Jersey Devils
Illness
March 23, 2019
Butcher (illness) will miss another game Saturday against the Coyotes, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
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