News: Butler will, in all likelihood, be called up from Albany (AHL) on Tuesday, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports. (Mon Jan 28)
Spin: Butler has been the team's leading scorer in the AHL and played in Monday's AHL All-Star Game in Providence. The Devils are in need of a boost in terms of generating offensive chances and they feel Butler can provide that spark. Look for Butler to see some top six minutes, as the Devils are trying to find a third forward for their top duo of Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk.
anyone have a scouting report or a quick summary of this kid Anderson's ability?
Roster Player Stats
Name: Matt Anderson
Birthplace: West Islip, NY
CAREER: 2011-12: Played 56 games for Albany, posting 10 goals, 21 assists for 31 points, which ranked fifth on the team … registered a power-play goal and two assists against Adirondack on Oct. 22 … registered a goal and an assist at Norfolk on Jan. 6 … netted a shorthanded goal against Adirondack on Jan. 16 … after missing 20 games with an upper-body injury, returned to lineup at Syracuse on Mar. 9 … 2010-11: Led team with a career-high 55 points, including a career-best 23 goals and 32 assists … point total was tied for the third highest in Devils AHL history … appeared in career-high 76 games … represented team at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic … scored a goal in the all-star game … posted three points with a goal and a pair of assists at Bridgeport on Jan. 25 … had a goal and two assists against Norfolk on Feb. 27 … 2009-10: Played in 63 games with the Chicago Wolves … posted a career-high 45 points with 16 goals and 29 assists … finished seventh on the team for points … registered 12 points in 14 playoff games … netted a season-high two goals against Rockford on Oct. 14 … had a season-best three points against Grand Rapids on Jan. 24 and against Peoria on Feb. 9 … 2008-09: Played in a career-high 66 games and had 31 points with 13 goals and 18 assists … posted a season-best three assists against Lake Erie on Apr. 8 … 2007-08: Signed as a free agent by Chicago on Mar. 30… played 14 games, registering a goal and an assist … had five points in eight post-season games, including three goals … played 37 games for Gwinnett (ECHL) … registered 28 points with 14 goals and 14 assists … 2006-07: Played in 13 playoff games for Chicago and had a goal and an assist …
OTHER: Posted 91 points in four seasons with UMass-Amherst (Hockey East) … registered a collegiate-career-best 31 points with 21 assists freshman season …
TRANSACTIONS: Signed as a free agent by Chicago (AHL), Mar. 30, 2007 … signed as a free agent by Albany, July 21, 2010 … signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 1, 2011.
Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2012-13 Regular Season Albany Devils 39 7 13 20 8 20
2011-12 Regular Season Albany Devils 56 10 21 31 -8 30
2011 All-Star Game Eastern Conference AHL All-Stars 1 1 0 1 -2 0
2010-11 Regular Season Albany Devils 76 23 32 55 -3 49
2009-10 Regular Season Chicago Wolves 63 16 29 45 20 18
2008-09 Regular Season Chicago Wolves 66 13 18 31 20 32
2007-08 Regular Season Chicago Wolves 14 1 1 2 1 8
total 314 70 114 184 38 157
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2010 Calder Cup Playoffs Chicago Wolves 14 0 12 12 -3 4
2008 Calder Cup Playoffs Chicago Wolves 11 1 1 2 1 4
2007 Calder Cup Playoffs Chicago Wolves 13 1 1 2 0 6
total 38 2 14 16 -2 14
Meh, if no Larsson tonight it wouldn't be the worst game to sit out... Bruins forwards can be punishing in the corners. 155 hits in 5 games and lead the league in hits at home; I don't want to see Lucic take him out with a headshot because he turns blindly chasing a dumped puck being rusty.
Devils 69 hits in 4 games.
Ball pits are just toilets filled with brightly colored balls instead of water.
Butler is getting hyped cause he went on a hot streak in the AHL. There's no way he'll duplicate his exploits by being put on a line with Cam ****ing Janssen. Seriously, wtf is Cam ****ing Janssen doing in our lineup, he's bordeline ECHL material and... Why the **** did Lou sign Barch, ON A TWO YEAR DEAL ?!?!?
I despise having goons in our lineup who can't contribute. Both players are horrible skaters and are straight up stealing from JVB cause they're getting paid to skate around, hit the glass with a devestating bodycheck and that's about it.
Anderson, from what I've heard and some highlights I've seen, has been quite solid in Albany since we got him. Nothing flashy but has the skill and worth ethic to get the job done. It's possible they want to see how he looks as a complimentary player on one of the top lines, which makes sense since the alternative is putting Clarkson or Zubrus as the top line right wing. Which in my opinion isn't a bad thing, but it goes into the whole "eggs in one basket" situation.
Right now we need a safe, solid choice, not a gamble like Butler might (currently) be.