New Jersey Devils: 3 Players Seattle Kraken Might Draft

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 21: The Team Store for the Seattle Kraken, the NHL's newest franchise, opens for business on August 21, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jim Bennett/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 21: The Team Store for the Seattle Kraken, the NHL's newest franchise, opens for business on August 21, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jim Bennett/Getty Images) /
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New Jersey Devils, Will Butcher
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8. player. 85. . D. New Jersey Devils. Will Butcher

Will Butcher has been somewhat of a disappointment for the New Jersey Devils.

Will Butcher signed with the New Jersey Devils as a college free agent a few summers ago and there was a lot of excitement surrounding him. There was also a fair amount of success for him early in terms of his production but it didn’t last as long as we would have liked. He is a good player but it doesn’t seem to be a good fit anymore. He is almost guaranteed to be on New Jersey’s unprotected list for the Seattle Kraken to consider.

New Jersey is pretty thin on the blue line until some of their prospects start to come up but Will Butcher doesn’t look to be in the plans. He would go to Seattle and have a chance to be in their top six. If he gets some steady time on the power play, he might even have some more success in terms of his offensive production.

Butcher wasn’t used by New Jersey as much as we would have thought in 2020-21. He was a scratch for most of the season but he did start to play more once he made his season debut. In 23 games played for the Devils, he had one goal and 10 assists for 11 points. He wasn’t a superstar or anything but those assists don’t grow on trees.

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It is going to be fun to see who the Devils protect and who they don’t. As mentioned before, their list is going to be significantly different from their list submitted to the Vegas Golden Knights. Regardless, we can only hope that the Devils only allow good things to happen with this expansion draft.