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The Preds may have added a bit of depth up front by picking up winger Bobby Butler via waivers.
For some insight on Butler as a player, let's see what In Lou We Trust had to say when Butler was signed to a contract back in August. A little puck possession on the bottom six could be helpful...
while he wasn`t able to make a big impact on the score sheet, he was able to drive play forward when he was on the ice. Like the Sens, the Devils are a good puck possession team, so he should be able to fit in.
Another thing to note is that Butler was signed to a two-way contract. While i`m not sure if he`s waiver exempt, he could also be of use to the Albany Devils. He`s been a somewhat effective scorer at the AHL level with Binghamton, so if he isn`t able to make an impact with the big club, he can at least help the A-Devs.
#9 / Left Wing
Apr 26, 1987
This arrived from the Preds:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club claimed forward Bobby Butler on waivers from the New Jersey Devils. Butler is on a two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
Butler, 25 (4/26/87), posted a goal and an assist in 14 games with the Devils in 2012-13 after starting the season with their AHL affiliate in Albany, amassing 27 points (16g-11a) in 37 games. The Marlborough, Mass., native has appeared in 108 NHL contests with Ottawa and New Jersey since signing with the Senators on March 29, 2010, collecting 39 points (17g-22a). Butler was also an AHL All-Star and Calder Cup champion with the Binghamton Senators in 2010-11.
The 6-0, 180-pound right wing spent four seasons at the University of New Hampshire from 2006-10, putting up 121 points (61g-60a) in 153 games. He was a First-Team All American and Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" Finalist as a senior after finishing second in the NCAA with 53 points (29g-24a).