Butler Signs FA Deal with Ottawa
CHN Staff Report
New Hampshire senior Bobby Butler has signed a two-year free-agent NHL contract with the Ottawa Senators and is expected to stay with the club for the final six games of the regular season. He could be in the lineup as early as Thursday when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes.
Butler was a Second Team All-CHN selection and is one of 10 finalists for this year's Hobey Baker Award. He is also the 2010 Hockey East Player of the Year, 2010 Walter Brown Award winner, Hockey East All Star First Team, and Hockey East Scoring Champion.
Butler ranks first in the nation in goals with 29, after scoring two in this past weekend's NCAA First Round game against cornell. He is tied for second nationally in points with 53.
In conference play, Butler finished first in points (41) and goals (21), and sixth in assists (20). He becomes the first player in Hockey East to register 20 goals and 20 assists in league play since 1999 Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog of New Hampshire.
Butler is also a 2010 Hockey Humanitarian nominee for his efforts off the ice in the greater Durham community.