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Chris Butler
Chris Butler
Defenceman
Number: 44
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 196
Shoots: Left
Born: 27 Oct 1986  (Age 28)
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO, United States
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Acquired: Traded from Buffalo along with Paul Bryon in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and Calgary’s 2nd round pick in 2012 on June 25, 2011
Drafted: BUF / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (96th overall)
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.