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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Butcher is dealing with an upper-body injury that will see him miss Thursday's clash with San Jose, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Butcher needs just one more goal to match his career high (five) set back in 2017-18 but remains bogged down in a 23-game goalless streak. With just 21 points on the year, the 24-year-old won't be topping the 40-point mark any time soon, though he could challenge for 30 again if he avoids a lengthy absence.
Butcher played only two shifts in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Blues, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
It's unclear what happened to Butcher to force him from the game, but he did block a shot in his limited appearance. If Butcher is forced to miss time, the Devils will likely need to call up a blueliner from AHL Binghamton unless Sami Vatanen (undisclosed) is ready to return for Thursday's game against the Sharks.
Butcher posted an assist and two blocked shots across 22:32 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to Montreal.
Butcher is starting to heat up on New Jersey's blue line, as he's accrued seven assists and a plus-4 rating over the last nine games. The 25-year-old is a flaky fantasy play because his shot volume remains low, and he's posted 19 points over 49 games. Still, he's worth keeping an eye on in redraft leagues.
Butcher set up two goals Saturday in a 5-1 win over Washington.
He snapped a six-game point drought with the helpers. Butcher has really struggled to live up to the hype of his 44-point rookie campaign. That doesn't mean it isn't in him to repeat it. It just means Butcher needs a stronger supporting cast around him to help it emerge. And right now, that's not how we'd describe the Devils.
Butcher (undisclosed) will be in the lineup against the Bruins on Tuesday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Butcher's return to the lineup will see Connor Carrick relegated to the press box. The 24-year-old Butcher will look to keep rolling after notching three points in his last five contests.
Butcher (undisclosed) is officially considered a game-time decision versus the Bruins on Tuesday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Butcher told reporters Monday that he was ready to go, but interim coach Alain Nasreddine clarified that a decision would be made after warmups. The defenseman notched three points in his last five outings, including a power-play assist, and could be a solid value play if he suits up. If Butcher can't give it a go, Mirco Mueller would slot into a spot on the blue line.
Butcher (undisclosed) relayed he's ready to go Tuesday against the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
The report didn't confirm that Butcher would be in the lineup, but it's unlikely he's held out of the lineup. The 24-year-old has generated four goals and 12 points over 35 games this year. Butchers' averaging 18:14 per game, but he continues to log consistent power-play minutes as well.
Butcher (undisclosed) is ruled out for Sunday's road game against the Senators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Butcher exited in the third period of Friday's loss to the Maple Leafs and didn't return, and he won't be able to travel to Ottawa on Sunday. His absence leaves the Devils with just six healthy defensemen for Sunday's contest, so they may need to recall a depth player from AHL Binghamton.
Butcher (undisclosed) hardly played in the third period of Friday's game against the Maple Leafs, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Per Stein, interim head coach Alain Nasreddine said Butcher didn't break anything. The defenseman skated only 9:18 in the contest. An update on Butcher should be made available prior to the Devils' next game, which is Sunday in Ottawa.
Butcher provided an assist and three hits in Monday's 7-1 win over the Blackhawks.
Butcher found John Hayden for the tally at 10:40 of the second period, which gave the Devils a 4-1 lead at the time. Over the last four games, Butcher has a goal and two helpers. He's up to 12 points, 40 shots on goal and 45 blocked shots through 34 contests.
Butcher registered a power-play assist in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Anaheim.
Despite averaging 1:28 of ice time with the man advantage this season, Wednesday's helper was Butcher's first power-play point of the 2019-20 campaign. The Wisconsin native continues to struggle offensively and could be in danger of missing the 30-point mark for the first time in his young career. At this point, the 24-year-old's inconsistency makes him a mid-range fantasy option at best.
Butcher scored a goal on his lone shot and logged a team-leading 24:55 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Ottawa.
Butcher roofed a shot past Craig Anderson from the left faceoff dot to give the Devils a 2-1 lead late in the first period. It was his first goal in almost exactly a month, snapping a stretch of eight games without finding the net. With only six points in 15 games, it's been a been of a disappointing start to the season for Butcher, who totaled 74 points over his first two NHL seasons.
Butcher registered an assist and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Flames.
The defenseman had the secondary assist on Jack Hughes' opening goal. Butcher has only five points in 13 games this year, but all five have come in the last seven contests. The 24-year-old has added just 15 blocked shots and 10 shots on goal -- the lack of non-scoring production makes it difficult to justify rostering Butcher in most fantasy formats.
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|03/04||vs NYR||L 1-6||0||0||0||-1||17:21|
|03/02||vs NYI||L 1-2||0||0||0||+1||18:58|
|02/28||vs WAS||L 2-3||0||0||0||-1||17:41|
|02/27||vs WAS||L 2-5||0||0||0||-1||17:44|
|02/20||vs BUF||L 2-3||0||1||1||0||15:08|
|02/18||@ BOS||W 3-2||0||1||1||+1||18:57|
|02/16||@ NYR||W 5-2||1||0||1||+2||17:40|
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