Will Butcher

grantfrey

2017-10-20

 

Will Butcher, D

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 186

Born: 1995-01-06

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI, USA

Drafted: 2013 by Colorado Avalanche, 123rd Overall

 

 

Observations:

October 2017 – The 2017 Hobey Baker winner has exploded onto the scene with an impressive start to his NHL career. Butcher became the first NHL rookie defenseman to have nine assists in his first six games. Butcher has been the quarterback of the very successful New Jersey power play and has accumulated over half of his points with the man advantage. Still seeing limited minutes and adjusting to the NHL learning curve, Butcher’s overall game should grow as the season continues. Grant Frey
 
August 2017 – The New Jersey Devils win the Will Butcher sweepstakes and sign the free agent to a two-year contract worth $925,000 a year. Butcher instantly becomes the Devils top defensive prospect and is likely the reason why he choose New Jersey as it offers the path of least resistence to the NHL. The Devils defense is so thin there is a possibility for Butcher to make the roster on opening night.
 
July 2017 – Butcher has decided to spurn the Avalanche and become a free agent in August. This is a major loss for the Avs and a major get for anyone looking to increase their defensive depth with a Hobey Baker winner. Expect him to go somewhere that can give him a shot of playing in the NHL right away. Hayden Soboleski
 
April 2017 – Butcher has won the 2017 Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player. The 22-year-old has turned into a 5th round steal…if the the Avs can get him signed before he becomes a free agent this summer. Hayden Soboleski
 
March 2017 – Butcher has been nominated for the Hobey Baker award after a fantastic year in the NCAA. The Avalanche have not yet signed the offensively gifted youngster, who will turn pr