The Golden Knights “painted an impressive picture” for college free agent Will Butcher during a phone call Thursday, according to his agent Brian Bartlett.

Butcher, a defenseman who won the Hobey Baker Award last season at Denver, became a free agent after turning down an opportunity to sign with the Colorado Avalanche, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.

“The conversation went well,” Bartlett said in a text message. “The management was well prepared and painted an impressive picture of their plan and how a player like Will would fit into that.”

Butcher, 22, scored 37 points in 43 games in his final season with the Pioneers and led Denver to the national championship.