A day after signing a two-year, $1.85 million contract with the rebuilding Devils, the 22-year-old Butcher said he was ready to make the jump from being college hockey's top player to the NHL without a stop in the minor leagues.
The University of Denver defenseman agreed to a two-year, $1.85 million contract with New Jersey on Sunday after spending much of the past two weeks meeting with nearly a dozen NHL teams.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Butcher led the Pioneers with 30 assists in his final collegiate season.
Will Butcher, the University of Denver senior defenseman who last week won the 2017 Hobey Baker Award and a national championship with the Pioneers, told the Denver Post he "didn't want an offer yet."
Butcher is a 2013 Avalanche draft pick.
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Butcher was the NCHC Player of the Year and was second in the nation among defensemen with 36 points.
State Sen. Angela Williams, a Denver Democrat, said construction defects reform is a "thicket" that won't be solved with "one big jumbo bill."