Chris Butler played a significant role in the Musketeers’ run for the Clark Cup. He finished second on the team among defensemen in scoring with 28 points (6 goals, 22 assists) in 60 appearances. He also led the USHL in plus/minus with a +36. Butler’s outstanding season performance earned him a selection to the All-USHL First Team. He was also a member of Team USHL in the 2005 USHL Prospect/All-Star Game.
2006-07: Butler suited up for his second season of collegiate play, still manning the blueline for Denver (WCHA). In 39 games he netted a career-high 10 goals and 27 points.
2007-08: In his third, and what would be his final, season with the University of Denver (WCHA), the defenseman netted three goals and 17 points in 41 appearances. Despite the lowest totals of his career, he was nominated to the WCHA All-Star second team and the NCAA West All-American second team.
2008-09: Butler spent the season, but did most of his blue-line damage in Buffalo. In 47 games with the Sabres he netted two goals and six points total. He also appeared in 27 games with the Portland Pirates (AHL), tallying a pair of goals and 12 points. Not bad for a D-man in his first pro season after opting out of collegiate play with Denver (WCHA).
Butler is a mature offensive defenseman that is reliable in his own zone. He was a team leader at the University of Denver this past season, setting an example for a very young team. As a well-rounded player, he works well in tight spaces and makes the first pass well.