New Jersey Devils re-sign Will Butcher to 3-year contract

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-0. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

New Jersey Devils re-sign Will Butcher to 3-year contract

New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-0. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Will Butcher to a three-year, $11.2 million contract.

General manager Ray Shero announced Wednesday the 24-year-old Butcher will earn $3.5 million this season, $3.6 million the following season and $4.1 million in 2021-22.

Butcher had four goals and 26 assists in 78 games last season, placing him second among the club's defensemen. During his 2017-18 rookie campaign, his 44 points were No. 1 among the team's defenseman and fourth overall.

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Butcher played at the University of Denver and won the Hobey Baker Award in 2017 as the top player in college hockey. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

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