Will Butcher
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Will Butcher

Hometown:

Madison Wisconsin

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-01-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (123rd overall), 2013

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Will Butcher skated for the Madison Capitols midget major team in Wisconsin. He scored 10 goals with 20 assists in 34 games and had 2 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Butcher joined the USA National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI — skating for the NTDP's U17 and U18 teams. He represented the USA in four international tournaments, winning gold medals with the U18 team at the 2012 World Junior Championship and with the U!7 squad at the 2011 Four Nations (Russia) and 2012 Vlad Dzurilla U18 tournaments and skating on the second-place USA squad at the 2012 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. Butcher had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 10 regular season games with the U18 team and was scoreless with an even plus/minus at the U18 WJC. He scored 8 goals with 23 assists and had 8 penalty minutes in 46 games for the U17 squad and had 6 assists in five games at the World Hockey Challenge. In September 2011 he committed to playing college hockey at Denver in 2013-14.

2012-13: Butcher returned to Ann Arbor for his second season in the NDTP program; winning a silver medal at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship in Sochi, Russia. He was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the U18 team, finishing with 11 goals and 26 assists in 67 games and had 8 penalty minutes. In seven games at the WJC he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes. Butcher, rated 170th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings, was ranked 87th in the final rankings and selected by Colorado in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Butcher is an exciting puck moving defenseman with extensive international experience. He is quick on his feet and his crisp first pass out of the zone allows for many offensive breakout chances.

 

Future

Butcher is currently in his freshman season for the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team. He will be utilized immediately on the power play and has all the tools to one day become a very good offensive defenseman professionally.

 

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