Looking to shake up their recent offensive rut, on Monday the Nashville Predators have put in a waiver claim for talented forward Bobby Butler, from the New Jersey Devils. The 25-year-old had just two points in 14 games with New Jersey this season, but contributed 27 in 37 AHL games with Albany.
Butler is likely headed directly to Nashville, where the forward might be able to help a Predators offense that’s scored just seven goals in its past five games, including four losses (and two of the shutout variety).
Butler is playing on a two-way contract that pays him $525,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level. So far Butler has 108 NHL games to his playing resume.
Prior to turning professional, Butler was a star with University of New Hampshire, totaling 121 points in a solid four-year career.
Tuesday the Predators announced that they claimed Zach Boychuk from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 23-year-old has skated in 80 NHL games, mostly with Carolina, collecting seven goals and 18 points. Prior to joining Nashville, Boychuk dressed for seven games with the Penguins, who picked him up off of waivers from Carolina.
Much like Butler, Boychuk’s been a solid AHL player scoring more than 20 goals in two seasons, and 16 in just 37 games this fall with the Charlotte Checkers. The former 14th overall pick of the 2008 entry draft is on a two-way deal that pays him $625,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.