The twenty-five year old Massachusetts native was signed to a two-way contract as a free agent in March of 2010 by the Senators after playing college hockey for the University of New Hampshire.
Butler made his NHL debut a short time later on April Fools Day.
The young forward had a strong campaign for the Senators and their minor league team the following season. In thirty-six games in Ottawa, Butler tallied ten goals and eleven assists. After the season, he returned to the Senators AHL team in Binghamton and helped them capture the Calder Cup.
However, last year was a different story and Butler’s contract was brought out by the Senators early in the summer.
In August, Butler signed a one year, two-way deal with the Devils and spent the lockout playing with the team’s AHL affiliate in Albany.
He was called up to the Devils on February 3rd and has notched one goal and one assist in eight games with the big club.
“It’s always fun to play against your former team,” Butler explained in an interview prior to today’s game with Tom Gullitti. “It definitely gives you a little more adrenaline to get pumping, I guess.”
In 2009, Butler was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award which is given to the top collegiate player each year. On March 24th, 2010, Butler won the Walter Brown Award as the best American born college player who hails from New England.