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Devils GM thinks newly signed Butler has top-six potential

Aug 9, 2012, 11:02 PM EST

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The Devils inked Bobby Butler to a one-year, two-way contract after he was bought out by the Ottawa Senators.

Butler wasn’t able to earn a permanent spot with the Senators as a top-six forward, but Devils GM Lou Lamoriello thinks he still has that kind of potential.

“There’s no question he was goal scorer in college and certainly in the first (36) games in Ottawa his first year,” Lamoriello said, based on a report from the Bergen Record. Butler had 10 goals and 21 points in 36 games with Ottawa as a rookie.

“He showed he can score and then for whatever reason, and these things happen when there’s a coaching change, he didn’t get as much as ice time (only 11:28 per game after playing 15:25 per game in 2010-11)—not through anyone’s fault,” Lamoriello added. “He also played in Binghamton for (former Devils assistant and AHL head coach) Kurt Klienendorst when they won the Calder Cup, so we know a lot about him there and also his college coach (Dick Umile) I had at Providence. So, we know enough about him.”

Butler will be “given every opportunity” to make the team out of training camp.

  1. nhmac - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I’ll bet he finds his groove from the 10-11 season. Butler is a natural goal scorer and if he fits in with the NJD system he won’t disappoint

  2. martysbetter - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Hopefully they give him #9 ;-)

    But in all seriousness, I don’t know anything about Butler – but based on a few highlights I’ve seen on youtube, it looks like he has some skills.

    Peter Deboer has shown he knows how to get the best out of his players, there were a lot of guys who came in last year that were exiled from other teams who found their place in his system, I think this could be another case of that happening with a relatively higher ceiling for performance.

    Definitely a low-risk, high-reward situation – what’s not to like?

  3. 950003cups - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    This guy ain’t gimme stay in the bug leagues. Let alone a top six. I remember back a couple years ago when Lou had a “secret weapon” that nobody knew about. Then suddenly, the NHL was introduced to a star that nobody knew much of before. The arrival of Ilkka Pikkarainen! Nobody knew much about him when he got here, and nobody wanted to know anything about him after he left.

    Thanks Lou!

  4. 950003cups - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    This guy ain’t gonna stay in the big leagues. Let alone a top six. I remember back a couple years ago when Lou had a “secret weapon” that nobody knew about. Then suddenly, the NHL was introduced to a star that nobody knew much of before. The arrival of Ilkka Pikkarainen! Nobody knew much about him when he got here, and nobody wanted to know anything about him after he left.

    Thanks Lou!

    • really999 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Are you really taking issue with one of the best GMs in sport? Its a two way contract. There is no real risk here. It’s a signing of guy with upside potential, nothing more nothing less.

      So with all sincerity I will thank Lou. He’s done a great job for Almost 3 decades.

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