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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
26-7-5 57
26-9-5 57
24-9-3 51
22-11-2 46
17-17-5 39
11-20-6 28
11-18-2 24
7-24-5 19

2021 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 3 4 -10 17:54 0

Top Will Butcher News

  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Returns to practice

    Butcher (illness) was on the ice for Wednesday's game-day skate and figures to suit up versus the Devils, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.

    Butcher missed the team's last game before the Christmas break due to a non-COVID illness but appears set to return. With the Sabres missing Jacob Bryson (COVID-19 protocols) and potentially Colin Miller (undisclosed), the 26-year-old Butcher could see an uptick in his minutes against New Jersey.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Out with illness

    Butcher will not play Friday at Pittsburgh, as he is dealing with a non COVID-19-related illness, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    In Butcher's absence, Casey Fitzgerald will draw into the lineup against the Penguins. Butcher has just one point in his last 11 games and three in 22 overall this season, so his absence shouldn't have too many fantasy ripple effects.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Pots first goal of season

    Butcher scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals.

    The 26-year-old blueliner gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but the club couldn't make it stick. Butcher's tally was his first of the season, not surprising for a player who's never scored more than five goals in a campaign, and he has a disappointing three points through his first 20 games as a Sabre.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Returning Friday

    Butcher (undisclosed) is expected to play Friday against visiting Edmonton.

    Butcher missed a single game (Monday at Washington) with the issue, but it appears it was minor. Christian Wolanin will come out of the lineup to accommodate Butcher's return.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Returns to practice Wednesday

    Butcher -- who was sidelined against Washington on Monday with an undisclosed injury -- took part in Wednesday's practice session, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    Butcher has just two assists in 10 games for the Sabres this year, so few fantasy players are likely to be impacted by his potential absence. Even if the Wisconsin native does rejoin the lineup versus Edmonton on Friday, he figures to be a low-end fantasy target the rest of the way. In the meantime, Christian Wolanin figures to continue deputizing on the blue line.

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  • Sabres' Will Butcher: Traded to Buffalo

    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.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Averaging half a point per game

    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.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Generates helper in loss

    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.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Three-point period not enough

    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.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Back at practice

    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.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: In COVID-19 protocol

    Butcher was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Thursday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

    It's unclear if Butcher contracted the virus or was merely a close contact to an infected person. Regardless, he'll remain away from the team until he clears the league's protocol.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Scores in season debut

    Butcher lit the lamp in his season debut Tuesday, helping the Devils to a 5-2 win over the Rangers.

    The Wisconsin native overcame a right thumb injury that required surgery to repair ruptured ligaments and he skated for 17:40 in this one. Butcher fired home a wrist shot from a sharp angle that fortuitously bounced off a defender and dribbled into the cage. This was an encouraging effort from Butcher, but one would like to see him work his way up from a third-pairing role in order to trust him in fantasy hockey.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Still hasn't played

    Butcher has been a healthy scratch for the first three games of the season.

    It's important to note that the 26-year-old rearguard underwent thumb surgery back in March, but given that his timeline for recovery was 3-4 months, it doesn't seem likely that he's being held back due to injury. Butcher actually dressed for pregame warmups Tuesday against the Rangers but didn't play, so perhaps he'll draw into the lineup soon.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Playing in scrimmage

    Butcher (thumb) was back on the ice for Friday's intrasquad scrimmage, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Butcher missed out on the first few days of camp but was back in action Friday, scoring a goal in the scrimmage. The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin native has seen his point total decline steadily in each of his first three seasons, so fantasy players probably shouldn't be expecting him to top the 30-point mark this year.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Missing from practice Thursday

    Butcher (thumb) was not on the ice for Thursday's training camp session, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Butcher missed the end of the 2019-20 campaign due to a thumb injury and has yet to get onto the ice for training camp. The team hasn't provided a specific timeline for the blueliner's recovery, but his absence shouldn't be overlooked as he likely would have factored into the second power-play unit. If the 26-year-old Wisconsin native misses Opening Night against Boston on Jan. 14, it could open up a spot in the lineup for youngster Ty Smith to make his NHL debut.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Done for season

    Butcher has undergone surgery for ruptured right thumb ligaments and will require 3-to-4 months to recover, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Butcher's injury will end his 2019-20 campaign prematurely, one that saw his production rate stabilize after a significant drop from his rookie campaign. The third-year blueliner compiled four goals and 17 assists over 56 games played, but he saw a career-low 1:18 of power-play ice time on average. That drop in usage with the extra man could signal another drop in his expected production heading into 2020-21.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Ruled out of road trip

    Butcher (upper body) has been ruled out of the Devils' upcoming five-game road trip, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Butcher has already been sidelined for nearly a week with his upper-body injury, and he'll now have to wait for a March 6 matchup with St. Louis for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Colton White will continue to round out New Jersey's depth at defense until Butcher is cleared to play.

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  • Devils' Will Butcher: Can't go Saturday

    Butcher (upper body) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Capitals, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Butcher will miss a second straight game, allowing Dakota Mermis to enter the lineup and play on the second pairing. There isn't a clear timeline on the 25-year-old Butcher's return, but he could play Tuesday versus the Red Wings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Sun Prairie, WI
Age: 27
Experience: 4
Shoots: Left