Defenseman Will Butcher, the reigning Hobey Baker trophy winner for college hockey's top player, will become a free agent on Aug. 15 after his agent said he will not sign with the Colorado Avalanche before that date.

The Avalanche drafted Butcher in 2013, and the fifth-round pick played four seasons at the University of Denver. Colorado holds his rights, but if he waits until Aug. 15, he can become an unrestricted free agent and sign with any team.

The Devils are currently in the same situation with another college player, Alex Kerfoot, who can become a free agent in August if he does not sign with the Devils.

Regardless of how the Kerfoot situation plays out, it would make sense for the Devils to have significant interest in Butcher.

Butcher's position makes him very intriguing target for the Devils, who are still seeking to upgrade their defense. Adding Butcher would be a boost the group has missed this summer after losing out on free agent Kevin Shattenkirk to the Rangers.