Will Butcher

by Dean Youngblood on November 5, 2016

 

Will Butcher, D

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 186

Born: 1995-01-06

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI, USA

Drafted: 2013 by Colorado Avalanche, 123rd Overall

 

 

Observations:

November 2016 - Butcher has returned to Denver University for a final season, once again serving as alternate captain and powerplay quarterback. He sit second on the team in points despite being a defenceman, and tops the team in both blocks and powerplay points. He is putting the puck on net himself more than in past seasons, using his hard slapshot when possible. As the only Avs prospect with true potential to run a man-advantage, this offensive development is welcome. Hayden Soboleski
 
March 2016 - Butcher had a strong NCAA season with 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists, 13 powerplay points) in 38 games. He recently scored two goals in an effort to lead his team one game closer to the Frozen Four. He has been the top defenseman for Denver while also manning the top powerplay unit. Hayden Soboleski
 
November 2015 - Butcher has had an extremely strong start to the 2015-16 NCAA season, leading his team in points (three goals, nine assists in 12 games), plus/minus (plus-ten), PIM (17), and shorthanded points (two). He also has four powerplay points  (good for second on the squad) while serving as an Assistant Captain, and has been named the NCHC Defenceman-of-the-week twice already. After impressing in Avs training camp, the team is surely thrilled to see Butcher's progression take another jump this year. Hayden Soboleski
 
 
May 2015 – Butcher returned to the University of Denver in the NCAA for the 2014-15 season, scoring four goals and 14 assists in 38 games. This was only a slightly higher output than his eight goals and eight assists with the team in 2013-14, but his overall game improved enough to earn a spot on the top pairing for the USA in the World Junior U20 Championships. His growth into a strong powerplay quarterback has continued, serving the role both in the NCAA and on team USA. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2014 - Will Butcher was one of 7 defensemen selected to the USA roster for the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Butcher had a solid showing at the World Juniors, he played in five games and scored five points, two of those on points were goals on the power play. Andrew Ward

 

June 2013 – Will Butcher is an undersized offensive defenceman with strong mobility, quick feet, a good hockey mind and the ability to lead the rush. As with most offensive defensemen, Butcher has a tendency to play a bit risky and is prone to costly turnovers but he does show an ability to defend well and is coachable in that area. Butcher entered his draft year with expectations that he would produce big numbers but feel a tad short with 11 goals and 37 points in 67 games for the USNTDP U18 squad. Butcher’s patience and ability to walk the line with ease makes him an excellent powerplay quarterback option. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Despite a smaller stature and an underdeveloped defensive game, Butcher’s offensive upside is solid.

 

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