|BIRTHPLACE:||St. Paul, MN, USA|
|DRAFTED:||NYI: 2006-7 overall|
Selected by the Islanders in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Draft. Signed an Entry-Level Contract with the Islanders on Dec. 28, 2007. Agreed to a five-year contract extension on May 25, 2011.
Scored a career-high 24 goals in 79 games during his fifth season with the Islanders and his fifth professional campaign...Added 21 assists for 45 points to finish sixth on the team in scoring...Posted a career-high 46 penalty minutes...Scored six power-play points (3g/3a)...21-of-23 goals came after Dec. 1...Served as an Assistant Captain...Finished fourth on the team in Three Stars of the Game honors with seven total nods, including one first-star selection... Had eight multi-point games, including one three-point contest (2g/1a) on Nov. 23 vs. Philadelphia. All three points were scored in the first period...Broke the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career on Mar. 29 vs. Pittsburgh...Had a five-game goal/point streak from Mar. 24-31 (6g/1a), tying for the team’s longest goal streak of the season...Finished the season with nine goals in the final nine games.
2010-11: Suffered a shoulder injury, which required surgery, during Training Camp and began the season on Injured Reserve…Was limited to 38 games due the injury…Scored 20 points (5g/15a) with a plus-three rating…Made his season debut after missing 44 games on Jan. 20 vs. Washington…Recorded an assist for his first point of the season on Jan. 21 at Buffalo…Had a three-point night (2g/1a) to reach 100 points in his career on Feb. 1 at Atlanta…Scored the shootout game-deciding goal on Feb. 10 at Montreal…Posted a three-assist night on Feb. 13 at Buffalo…Had a two-point game (1g/1a) on Mar. 2 vs. Minnesota…Recorded two assists on Mar. 11 vs. Boston.
2009-10: Served as an assistant captain in his second full season with the Islanders...Finished second on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 points (Tavares - 54)...Scored two overtime goals, tying Josh Bailey for the team lead...Established career highs in games played (80), assists, points, game-winning goals (4), shots (249) and time on ice (20:32)...Played in his 100th NHL/Islanders game on Nov. 28 at New Jersey...Started the season on a six-game point streak, from Oct. 3-17 (1g/5a)...Scored the game-winning goal against the NY Rangers on Oct. 28...Missed one game on Nov. 11 at Washington with swine flu; returned two nights later on Nov. 13 to score the overtime goal at Carolina...Recorded two assists in three straight games from Dec. 8-12...Scored a single-game season-high three points (1g/2a), including in overtime against the NY Rangers on Dec. 26...Went on a four-game goal-scoring streak from Jan. 6-12 (4g)...Finished the season on a three-game point-scoring streak (2g/3a)...Was the 2010 recipient of the Bob Nystrom Award, given out annually to the Islander who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication.
2008-09: Led the Islanders in goals (18) and ranked second on the team in points (39), power-play goals (9) and shots on goal (165) in his first full NHL season...Led the Islanders and all NHL rookies in takeaways (76)...Among NHL rookies, ranked ninth in goals, tied for eighth in points, tied for second in power-play goals, tied for seventh in power-play points (13), tied for second in game-winning goals (3) and fourth in shots...Scored a career-high two goals, including the game-winner, on Jan. 28 at Atlanta...Scored two four-game goal streaks: Jan. 19-31 (5g) and Mar. 7-12 (4g)…Recorded two five-game point streaks: Dec. 26 - Jan. 2 (2g/5a) and Jan. 19 - Feb. 3 (5g/1a)...Recorded points in a career-high eight straight games from Mar. 7-21 (5g/5a).
2007-08: Made his NHL debut on Mar. 18 vs. Toronto and played the final nine games of the season with the Islanders, recording two goals and three assists for five points...Scored his first NHL goal (M. Brodeur/game-winner) on Mar. 21 at New Jersey and also recorded his first NHL assist/point in the same game...Scored eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in 29 games with Bridgeport (American Hockey League) after leaving the University of Minnesota...Recorded a goal and four assists in his first weekend with Bridgeport (three games).