|DRAFTED:||VAN: 2006-14 overall|
Claimed by the Islanders off waivers from the Florida Panthers on October 3, 2010. Agreed to a five-year contract extension on May 13, 2011.
Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round (14th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Draft. Traded with Steve Bernier and a first-round pick in the 2010 Draft (Quinton Howden) to Florida in exchange for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich on June 25, 2010.
Scored 32 points (20g/12a) in 78 games during his second full NHL season with the Islanders and his fifth professional campaign... Finished fourth on the team in goals and seventh in points...Established career highs in games played and penalty minutes...Tied his career best with three game-winning goals, which ranked third on the team...Led the league with three penalty shots taken and tied for fifth in the league with 94 takeaways...Played in his 100th NHL game on Oct. 15 vs. NY Rangers...Recorded a three-point period (1g/2a) on Nov. 23 vs. Philadelphia...Suffered a groin strain on Dec. 3 at Dallas and missed one game...Missed two games due to illness on Mar. 3 at Boston and Mar. 4 vs. New Jersey...Scored his 20th goal in the final game of the season on Apr. 7 at Columbus.
2010-11: Led the Islanders and all NHL rookies with 34 goals in his first full NHL season…Tied for the team lead with a plus-13 rating and ranked fourth on the Islanders with 52 points in 76 games…Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals and even-strength goals (26), and finished one shy of teammate Frans Nielsen for the league lead in both short-handed goals (6) and short-handed points (7)…Tied for 12th in the league with 69 takeaways…Scored 40 of his 52 points in the second half of the season…Was named one of three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league’s top rookie (J. Skinner, L. Couture)…Had 13 multi-point games, including a pair of three-point games (Feb. 11 and Feb. 13)…Made his Islanders debut on Oct. 11 vs. NY Rangers…Scored his first point/assist as an Islander on Oct. 13 at Washington…Scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 16 vs. Colorado…Missed three games due to a groin injury from Oct. 27-30…Had a three-game point streak from Nov. 21-26 (2g/2a)…Had a two-goal game on Jan. 22 at Buffalo to extend his goal streak to four games and his point streak to five…Represented the Islanders at NHL All-Star Weekend and helped earn a victory for Team Staal, winning the Bridgestone Fastest Skater competition with the two fastest times of 14.061 in his first heat and 14.238 in the finals…Was named the NHL’s 3rd Star of the Week on Feb. 1…Had a six-game point streak from Feb. 5-15 (9g/2a) and was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week on Feb. 14…Scored a hat trick, including the OT winner, on Feb. 13 at Buffalo…Scored his 30th goal on Mar. 19 at Florida.
2009-10: Made his NHL debut with Vancouver, playing in 20 games and posting 11 points (5g/6a)...Also scored 26 points (15g/11a) in 38 American Hockey League games with the Manitoba Moose...Recalled from Manitoba on Oct. 14 and recorded an assist for his first NHL point in his NHL debut on Oct. 16 at Calgary...Scored his first NHL goal in his fourth game on Oct. 21 at Chicago...Missed 21 games due to an ankle injury suffered on Nov. 1...Assigned to Manitoba on a conditioning assignment on Dec. 19...Recorded a season-high five game goal-scoring streak with Manitoba from Feb. 12-19...Recalled from Manitoba on Mar. 17...Scored his first-career hat trick and was named the game’s First Star on Apr. 2 at Anaheim.
2008-09: Recorded career highs in goals (30) and points (48) in his second AHL season with Manitoba...Co-led the team in goals, ranked second with a plus-22 rating and finished third in points... Missed nine games with a concussion in December....Scored his first-career hat trick on Jan. 9 at Iowa...Missed six games to play for Austria in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Jan. 28...Was recalled by Vancouver and returned on Feb. 26... Notched seven goals and 10 assists during the Calder Cup Playoffs, helping his team advance to the Calder Cup Finals.
2007-08: Completed his first professional season with Manitoba (AHL), collecting 44 points (22g/22a) in 74 games...Tied for first on the team in goals and finished fourth in points...Led the Moose with three playoff goals in six Calder Cup Playoff games.