Buzz: Butler To Replace Demoted Tedenby?

The Devils demoted Mattias Tedenby to their AHL affiliate in Albany on Monday — a move not all that surprising given Tedenby’s limited minutes in recent games. The question now is who will replace him on the roster. Adam Henrique’s not quite back yet and in the end, he’ll likely take Stefan Matteau’s spot. Could it be Bobby Butler, who was one of the last players cut in training camp two weeks ago?

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

That sounds like it could be right wing Bobby Butler who gets the call after playing in tonight’s AHL All-Star Game in Providence.

Tedenby, who will turn 23 on Feb. 21,  had no goals and one assist in the Devils’ first four games of the season.

“He’s trying so hard,” Lamoriello said. “He’s doing everything asked of him, but he’s trying so hard. He skates so fast. He’s just got to setttle down a little and go to Albany and have some success and get his game under control because he’s certainly a prospect. He’s still young. .. Teddy just has to keep the game simple, make the easy play, keep it simple. He wants to do well.”

Corey Griffin

Tedeny’s demotion makes sense. Like Lou says, the game seemed to be going too fast for him and while he wasn’t nearly as unreliable in his own end as he had been in the past, he still seemed a little out of place in the NHL. DeBoer gave him a chance to play on the first line Friday night, but that last all of one practice, one morning skate and less than one full period. If he can get his feet under him and slow the game down in Albany, he could be a valuable call-up for the Devils later in the season. As for his current replacement, Butler makes sense. He’s got top-six potential, which is something the Devils desperately need. He also has the ability to finish — something else they seriously lack.

That said, I’m guessing he’ll have an extremely short leash and I’m not sure he’ll stay for very long. After getting to skate on the top two lines at the start of camp, he skated on the fourth and “fifth” lines toward the end, signifying his likely demotion. For Butler’s skill set, he has to score goals to stick on the NHL and to do that he needs legit ice time. Unfortunately for the righty Butler, the Devils are pretty set at RW on the top two lines and DeBoer is a big believer in guys playing their natural wing so they face the play more often. I still think the best option is a free agent veteran like Petr Sykora, which allows you to maintain your depth on defense and add scoring up front. The Devils disagree, so I’ll be interested to see how DeBoer utilizes Butler, assuming he’s the one that gets the call.