Will Butcher believes he is able to play for the New Jersey Devils proper now.
A day after signing a two-yr, $1.eighty five million contract with the rebuilding Devils, the 22-yr-previous Butcher stated he was able to make the bounce from being school hockey’s prime participant to the NHL and not using a cease within the minor leagues.
Talking on a convention name, the defenseman stated he selected to signal with New Jersey as a result of he felt good after assembly coach John Hynes and he thought the Devils’ up-tempo system greatest match his recreation.
Butcher was drafted within the fifth spherical by the Colorado Avalanche in 2013 on the Prudential Middle — the Devils’ house rink. He turned a free agent on Aug. 15 after failing to succeed in an settlement with Colorado, though the previous College of Denver participant stated he knew by Might he meant to check the free agent market.
After assembly with quite a lot of groups, his choice got here right down to the Devils, Las Vegas, Buffalo and Los Angeles.
“It appeared like an ideal slot in how I needed to play, they usually noticed me being in a greater position with what they needed to do there,” Butcher stated of selecting New Jersey. “It sort of jogged my memory somewhat little bit of how we have been going to play with my school hockey.”
Butcher is aware of there can be competitors to make the Devils’ roster with veteran defensemen Andy Greene, Ben Lovejoy, John Moore and Brian Strait and kids Damon Severson, Steven Santini and Mirco Mueller on the roster.
“I feel my recreation is NHL prepared,” Butcher stated. “I feel there’s all the time stuff to study and to select up. That is principally the rationale why I selected New Jersey, as a result of I felt with coach Hynes (there) was the event and the way they cater to guys and show you how to prepare for the NHL recreation.”
Butcher described himself as an offensive defenseman who can play protection.
“I’m undoubtedly extra offensive than defensive,” he stated. “I attempt to cater to my recreation within the sense of creating sensible selections with the puck, becoming a member of the push on the proper alternative and utilizing my expertise to assist me play within the league that I need to play in.”
When requested what gamers would have an analogous type to him he named Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks, Torey Krug of the Bruins and Greene.
“If I used to be lucky to make the large workforce, he can be an ideal mentor to me, simply because he does the whole lot,” Butcher stated of Greene. “He penalty kills, energy play, all conditions. He is a brilliant participant, not essentially the most important man, however he makes use of his talents to defend properly and play the sport of hockey.”
Butcher might additionally assist the Devils’ energy play, particularly feeding the likes of Taylor Corridor, Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri and Marcus Johansson and newcomer Nico Hischier, the Swiss-born middle who was the No. 1 decide within the June draft.
“I won’t be the quickest man or largest man on the market, however I wish to delight myself that I feel quick and use my mind to be quick, in a way that I attempt to anticipate performs and simply attempt to use my hockey smarts to assist me be efficient,” Butcher stated.
In addition to serving to Denver win the nationwide championship this previous season, Butcher gained the Hobey Baker Award as the highest collegiate participant.
A Wisconsin resident, Butcher had seven objectives and a staff-excessive 30 assists in forty three video games final season. He had 28 objectives and seventy five assists for 103 factors in 158 video games with the Pioneers.