After yesterday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils have announced that they have recalled Bobby Butler from their Albany affiliate.
Butler, a Marlborough, Massachusetts native, signed a two-way deal with the Devils on August 9, 2012 after playing in the Ottawa Senators organization. In three NHL seasons with the Senators Butler has played in 94 games, netting 21 goals and collecting 16 assists. Last year with the Senators Butler amassed 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists) in 56 games played.
This year Butler leads the AHL Albany Devils in two of three scoring categories. He has 27 points and 16 goals in 37 games played. Butler also has 11 assists, but Steve Zalewski leads the team with 16 assists.
Butler is expected to wear #9, which fans associated with Zach Parise for seven seasons. Parise scored 194 goals in 502 games with the Devils. Butler’s Devils’ debut is daunting enough, but add filling the hole of Zach Parise, and it gets that much tougher.
The Devils did not assign anyone to Albany from their NHL roster after announcing Butler’s call up. However, Cam Janssen and Matt Anderson were recalled to Albany on Friday. I expect Peter Harrold, who made his season debut yesterday to be announced as a scratch this afternoon. Bobby Butler will most likely see fourth line action, but this season you never know. We might see Butler skating on the first or second line at some point this afternoon against the New York Islanders.