Detroit Red Wings should bring in Will Butcher for depth.
Last but not least, there are some players out there who may come to Detroit on league minimum deals or simply just super low AAV numbers. One of those players that should be considered is Will Butcher, who would be a welcome addition to the Detroit Red Wings’ defense core.
The 28-year-old defenseman is someone that the Detroit Red Wings would benefit from having around. He’s a left-handed shot which does not bode well for a lefty overload, but he’s someone who could fit a similar role to what Jordan Oesterle did.
Butcher can potentially be one of those players who gets plugged in as needed in the defense core. He’s fresh from a season with the Dallas Stars, where he did not log time at the NHL level, but in the AHL with the Texas Starts, he was impressive.
Butcher played in 65 games where he managed a six-goal, 37-assist line, giving him 43 total points on the season overall. Do not get it twisted, this was the AHL level, and he has not put up more than 30 points since his rookie season in New Jersey when he put up 44 points as a rookie.
The defender has five years under his belt in the NHL and deserves to be someone the Red Wings target and consider this off-season. He may not be the most outstanding player out there, but he would be a really cheap and beneficial addition to the Red Wings roster this upcoming season.
After all, Butcher made just $750,000 from the Stars last season on his one-year deal. The Red Wings could likely get him cheap; if it does not pan out, minors it is.