The New Jersey Devils have been very quiet this offseason acquiring new players to fill the hole captain Zach Parise left after he departed for Minnesota earlier this summer. Going about their business and retaining almost the entire roster from the 2011-2012 campaign, the Devils have restrained from making any drastic moves that could shake up their lineup. Today, New Jersey acquired just its second player this summer, Bobby Butler from Ottawa.
Butler, 25, has been with the Senators since 2009 and became an unrestricted free agent this summer. He signed a one year two-way contract with New Jersey today and can be seen at this time as another possible bottom 6 forward for the Devils.
Butlers stats don’t really stand out, as he has not played a full season at any point in his professional career. In 36 games in the 2010-2011 season, Butler produced 10 goals and 11 assists. In 56 games in 2011-2012, he scored just 6 goals with 10 assists.
In his time at the University of New Hampshire however, he was much more of a goal scoring threat. In his four years, he racked up 60 goals and 61 assists in 153 games.
Butler is by no means a safe bet to be in the starting lineup, but what he brings to the Devils organization is a young talent who has something to prove. New Jersey brought in players like Ryan Carter and Steve Bernier last year, with similar stat lines to Butler, and were not expected to provide much for New Jersey. Those two players went on to form a deadly fourth line with Stephen Gionta and were a vital part of New Jerseys run to the finals.
I am not the only one who is hopeful for Butler. General Manager Lou Lamoriello said that “he has the potential of being a top 6 forward” and that hopefully a change of scenery will do him some good. If he can regain any of that scoring touch he had in college, he can be a real threat for New Jersey.
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Written by Mike Mastrandrea
Mike Mastrandrea is currently a Junior at Indiana University studying Sports Communication and Marketing. He was raised in New Jersey and is a dedicated New Jersey Devils, New York Jets, New York Mets, and Indiana Hoosiers fan. Mike's other interests include movies, hanging out with friends, and Chel.