Nashville Predators general manager David Poile has made his second waiver-wire acquisition of the season, picking up Bobby Butler from the New Jersey Devils.
The @predsnhl claim forward Bobby Butler on waivers.
— KWilsonPreds (@KWilsonPreds) March 4, 2013
A 25-year-old right winger, Butler is currently on the last year of a contract paying him $525K per season. He has played 108 games in the NHL – 94 with the Ottawa Senators and 14 with the New Jersey Devils. Back in 2010-11 he put up decent numbers for a lower-line forward, but those 21 points represent more than half of his career total to this point. That earned him a new contract, but he hasn’t exactly followed through with more production.
Bobby Butler’s old scouting report at Hockey’s Future called him “slightly undersized,” but “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.” That translated to some pretty decent numbers in college at the University of New Hampshire, where Butler was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. But he has yet to see that success translate to the NHL.
I’m thinking that “dynamite shot” will get paired up with Craig Smith on the bottom line. He’s been one of Nashville’s more productive players of late on a line with Rich Clune and Sergei Kostitsyn and could use some more speed on his wing.