NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/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.

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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.

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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