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Bobby Butler may have been signed based on his potential, but his recent success in the AHL has many people excited for 2013.
Butler led the Albany Devils with 15 goals and 23 points through 32 games before the lockout ended, and he was also named AHL Player of the Week in December. With the lack of depth at the wing position coming into 2013, there is no doubt that Butler will see some extensive playing time once the season begins.
So far in training camp, Butler has been paired primarily with camp invite Mathieu Darche and Jacob Josefson, and that could be a potential third or fourth line if they can contribute right away. Mattias Tedenby could find his way back into the lineup this season, but it is Butler who has the most to prove in 2013.
Butler is a young, talented forward that the Devils would like to succeed, and he seems to be a player that will fit right in with this organization. He is not going to be the top line forward the Devils lost with Parise, but he could certainly replace Petr Sykora or even Alexei Ponikarovsky's numbers from last year if he lives up to his potential.
Oh, and he's wearing the ever popular No. 9 this year. Good luck with that, Bobby.