New England native Bobby Butler made his season debut with the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, a 3-1 Sens win over the New York Rangers.
The Marlborough, Mass., native played in two games for Ottawa last season but hadn’t seen action in the big league since an April 3 loss to the New York Islanders.
Butler was playing for Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, where he scored 15 goals and added eight assists (23 points) in 25 games.
The winger was named the AHL Rookie of the Month for November, earning 15 points in 14 games, including four game-winning goals.
Before his professional career, Butler played with the Boston Jr. Bruins for three seasons while also playing at Marlborough High School. After high school, Butler joined the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, excelling as a co-captain and becoming a Hobey Baker Award finalist in the 2009-10 season.
Butler signed a two-year contract with Ottawa on March 29 and made his NHL debut a few days later helping the Senators clinch a playoff spot in a win over the Carolina Hurricanes.