2006-07: Bobby Butler is a graduate of the Boston Jr. Bruins and Marlborough High School hockey programs, Butler posted nine goals and three assists in his freshman season with U of New Hampshire dressing for 38 of 39 Wildcat games and leading the team’s rookies in both goals and points scored.
2007-08: In his sophomore season, Butler broke out and posted 14 goals and 12 assists in 38 games ranking him third on the team in goals and sixth in point scored. He was selected to the Hockey East All-Tournament team with four goals in three games during the Hockey East Tournament.
2008-09: Butler continued to hone his game as a junior where he posted nine goals, 21 assists and 36 PIM in 38 Hockey East games as UNH qualified for the NCAA Tournament again and advanced to the NCAA Northeast Regional Final led by top scorers James Van Riemsdyk, Mike Sislo, Peter Leblanc and Butler.
2009-10: In his senior season, the Wildcat co-captain exploded, finishing his final collegiate year with 29 goals and 24 assists in 39 games. His 29 goals were good for second among NCAA Division I hockey this season and his 53 points ranked him third. The accolades he received included being a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, the 58th recipient of the Walter Brown Award given to the top American-born college hockey player in New England, Hockey East’s Player of the Year and Top Scorer, Hockey East First All-Star Team and NCAA East First All-American Team honours. Butler went on to sign a two-year entry-level deal with the Ottawa Senators and appeared in two regular season NHL games.
2010-11: Sent down to Binghamton to begin the season after Ryan Shannon beat him out for a roster spot with Ottawa, Butler tore up the AHL, scoring 22 goals in 47 games and named the MVP in the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic for his goal and three-assist performance. After his fifth mid-season call-up to Ottawa, he stuck with the team for the remainder of the regular season. With Ottawa, Butler chipped in with 10 goals and 11 assists in 36 games receiving considerable ice time with Jason Spezza with whom he developed some good chemistry. The right-winger rejoined Binghamton for their successful Calder Cup playoff run leading the team in goal-scoring with 13.
Although slightly undersized, Butler is a speedy forward with goal-scoring instincts, a dynamite shot and underrated play in his own end. He has a good feel for the game, the ability to mesh quickly with new line-mates and has above-average passing skills as well. The Massachusetts native will need to get stronger especially on the puck, make quicker decisions with the puck and improve his skating to earn a right-wing berth on one of the Nashville scoring lines.