Butcher and a 2022 fifth-round pick were traded by the Devils to the Sabres in exchange for future considerations Wednesday. Butcher only appeared in 23 games with the Devils last season, picking up 11 points while averaging 19:02 of ice time per contest. He's making $3.73 million per year, and New Jersey needed to open up cap space to facilitate the signing of Dougie Hamilton, hence the lack of return for the Devils in this deal. Butcher will likely have a prominent role with Buffalo in 2021-22, but he may struggle to produce offensively on a rebuilding Sabres squad.
Butcher dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Flyers. Butcher's been effective when in the lineup, totaling nine points in 18 games played this season. He's been a lineup mainstay down the stretch and could provide some under-the-radar production over the season's last few games.
Butcher registered a secondary assist in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins. Butcher has appeared in only 14 games this season, but the Wisconsin native has been mildly productive in limited action based on one goal and six assists over that span. While fantasy managers haven't seen a lot of Butcher this season, he's planted on New Jersey's top power-play unit and merits consideration in some of the deeper leagues.
Butcher dished out three assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Penguins. Butcher's three-point third period helped New Jersey turn a 6-0 deficit through two periods into a narrow 7-6 loss, but the Devils couldn't find the tying goal after pulling within one with 41 seconds remaining. The 26-year-old defenseman has often found himself in the press box due to his subpar play in his own zone, but Butcher has produced six points in 12 appearances this season. He had 44 points as a rookie in 2017-18, so Butcher would have some fantasy appeal if he could hold down a consistent spot in the lineup.
According to Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site, Butcher returned to practice Tuesday, indicating he's cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols. Although Butcher's cleared the league's virus protocols, he isn't expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Sabres. The 26-year-old American has tallied three points in just eight appearances this season.
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||72||4||27||32||-7||1||0||1||0||0||98.7|