Will Butcher

Will Butcher

New Jersey Devils

Will Butcher and the New Jersey Devils avoided arbitration as they came to terms on a three-year contract worth $3.73 million. (Source: Elliotte Friedman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After an excellent rookie season that produced 44 points (23 on the power-play), Butcher experienced the dreaded sophomore slump. He averaged over three more minutes of ice-time, and virtually the same amount of power-play time, yet he posted just 30 points (14 on the power-play) in 2018-19. New Jersey's power-play efficiency as a team dropped 3.7%, so it was to be expected that Butcher's overall production would take a hit as a result. The Devils addressed this regression with the addition of P.K. Subban, so it looks like Butcher will be squeezed off the first power-play unit due to his presence. The Devils have turned themselves into a more threatening offensive team overall, which bodes well for Butcher 5-on-5, but he will likely find himself demoted to PP2.

 

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Will Butcher picked up two assists in Saturday's loss against the Anaheim Ducks.

Fantasy Impact: Butcher is tied for second in points with 17 as a New Jersey defensemen. Even though he hasn't put up the points he wanted so far, he still leads the team in power play minutes and gets plenty of scoring chances.

 

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Will Butcher had a two point night in the Devils 6-3 win over the Kings on Thursday night. Butcher started his scoring with his 8th assist of the year on Kyle Palmieri’s first period power play goal. Butcher got his second goal of the year in the second period.

Fantasy Impact: Will Butcher has had a slight regression in production from his 44 point rookie season. Butcher has 2 goal and 8 assists through 26 games. Butcher is on the first power play unit with Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall so he should get scoring opportunities. Butcher should be owned in most fantasy formats.

 

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Butcher helped Miles Wood in the second period of Tuesday's 3-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: With 27 assists in 49 games, Butcher is a good choice in fantasy if he is still cheap.

 

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Butcher helped Miles Wood in the second period of the Devils' 3-2 defeat by the Bruins.

Fantasy Impact: With 28 points in 47 games, Butcher is probably cheap enough to be worth picking on most fantasy sites.

 

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Butcher helped Taylor Hall's power play goal in the third period of the Devils' shootout loss on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: With 24 points in 39 games (+2), the rookie defenseman is worth a slot in fantasy if you can get him at a reasonable price.

 

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Butcher helped Kyle Palmieri and Pavel Zacha in the first period of the Devils' 4-1 win over the Blackhawks.

Fantasy Impact: With 23 points in 34 games (+6), Butcher is a solid, economical choice in fantasy.

 

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Butcher helped Taylor Hall for a power play goal in the first period, as the Devils won 5-1 on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Highly recommend fantasy players give this rookie defenseman a look, as he has already accumulated twenty points in thirty games (+6).

 

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Butcher helped Miles Wood in the third period of the Devils' 5-2 loss to the NY Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: This was Butcher's first point after a five-game drought, but the young defenseman's overall stats still look good at 19 points in 29 games (+6).

 

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Butcher helped Taylor Hall's power play goal in the first period of the Devils' 4-3 overtime victory over the Red Wings.

Fantasy Impact: With points in four of his last five games, Butcher is well worth a look in fantasy.

 

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Butcher helped Brian Boyle to a power play goal in the second period of the Devils' 3-2 win over the Canucks.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie defenseman has 17 points in 22 games (+6) and would be an excellent pickup in fantasy if available.

 

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Butcher helped Brian Gibbons in the second period, then scored his first goal of the season in the third period of the Devils 5-2 loss to Winnipeg.

Fantasy Impact: With 15 points in 19 games (+6), the rookie is certainly showing his stuff at this level.

 

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Butcher helped Kyle Palmieri with his PPG in the second period as the Devils defeated the Panthers 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: With 13 points in 16 games (+6), fantasy players should definitely be interested in Butcher.

 

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Butcher helped Brian Gibbons in the third period of the Devils' 6-3 loss to the Oilers.

Fantasy Impact: With 12 assists in 12 games (+4), this rookie is definitely worth a look in fantasy.

 

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Butcher helped Adam Henrique in the second period of the Devils' shootout win over Ottawa on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: With ten points in nine games (+4), fantasy players might want to look at this defenseman.

 

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Will Butcher dished out three assists in New Jersey's 4-1 victory over the Avalanche Saturday afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Each of Butcher's assists came on the power-play, earning him the first star of the game in his NHL debut. The Hobey Baker winner logged 12:45 of ice time, with 3:23 coming on the man advantage. Teams will certainly test his diminutive 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame, yet Butcher has all the tools to become a dynamic blueliner and power-play quarterback.

 

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