Chris Butler
Chris Butler
Flames - Defenceman
NUMBER: 44
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
WEIGHT: 196
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 27/10/1986
AGE: 27
BIRTHPLACE: St. Louis, MO, USA
DRAFTED: BUF: 2005-96 overall
USHL First All-Star Team (2005) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2006) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2008) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2008) Traded to Calgary by Buffalo with Paul Byron for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and Calgary's 2nd round choice (Jake McCabe) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 25, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Karlskrona (Sweden-2), November 27, 2012.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2010-11:
Appeared in 49 games; did not dress for 33 games as healthy scratch... Tied career best with two goals... Recorded points in consecutive games (1+1) 4/2-4/3... Led team with 25:19 TOI vs. DET Feb. 26... Recorded three points (0+3) in eight games played during the month of October... 2011 PLAYOFFS: First career postseason appearance... Led Sabres in TOI in three of seven games; averaged 22:59 TOI per game... Picked up an assist in Game 6 vs. PHI Apr. 24... TOI of 27:45 in Game 4 was the highest by a Buffalo skater in the series.

2009-10: Games missed due to injury: 12 – ankle (Dec. 5 - Dec. 26)... Did not play in 11 games as a healthy scratch... Recorded first career multipoint game (0+2) at STL... Played in his 100th career game vs. OTT Mar. 26... PLAYOFFS: Did not dress for any of the six games vs. BOS...

2008-09:
Appeared in 47 games as a rookie... Did not play in four games as a healthy scratch... Scored his first NHL point (assist) in his first NHL game on 12/19 vs. LAK... Scored his first NHL goal on Mar. 20 vs. PHI... Recorded the first game-winning-goal of his career vs. BOS Mar. 11... Had 12 points (2+10) in 27 games at time of recall from Portland Dec. 18...

2007-08:
Denver (WCHA): Earned RBK Hockey/AHCA West All-America second-team honors and All-WCHA second-team accolades... Named to the WCHA Final Five and Wells Fargo Denver Cup all-tournament teams... Led team with 110 blocked shots and was fourth with a +9 plus/minus rating...

2006-07:
Finished three-year DU career with 66 points on 20 goals and 46 assists in 115 career games...

2005-06:
Represented USA at 2006 World Junior Championships...

2004-05:
season, led Sioux City (USHL) with a +36 plus/minus rating... Was named First-Team All-USHL, and played in the USHL All-Star Game.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

Attended University of Denver from 2005-08... Named to the All-America second team in 2008... named as University of Denver’s best defenceman and two-way player in 2008... had 17 points (3G, 14A) in 2007-08, a team-high 110 blocked shots and was a plus-10 rating... in April 2008, he decided to leave school early to sign with Buffalo.