Windsor Spitfires head scout Terry Doran said that Butcher would have been a "Top 10" OHL draft selection if he had opted to go the major junior route. The Scouting News said Butcher would have been a "Top 5" OHL selection.
The United States of Hockey Blog described Butcher...
Will Butcher, played midget hockey for the Madison Capitols Midget Major, also logged some time in the USHL last season, playing in two games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The defenseman posted two assists while in Dubuque and a plus-2 rating. While Butcher lacks size for a Dman (5-10, 175), he is considered an elite puck mover and may be one of the best blueliners in this class. There are a lot of people in the scouting community that are very high on this guy and with good reason. Playing with Madison’s midget major club as an underager, Butcher registered 30 points (10g-20a) in 34 games in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. His offensive instincts have created a buzz that is sure to make him one to watch closely in Ann Arbor.
2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
D Dakota Mermis (U.S. Under-18)
D Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Garrett Allen (Dubuque, USHL)
D Nolan Zajac (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Quentin Shore (U.S. Under-18)
2013 Recruiting Class
F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (U.S. Under-17)
F Ray Pigozzi (Des Moines, USHL)
D Will Butcher (U.S. Under-17)
2014 Recruiting Class
F Jared Fiegl (Colorado Rampage, U-16)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-17)
F Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL)