|BIRTHPLACE:||Bowmanville, ON, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||NYI: 2008-9 overall|
Selected by the Islanders in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft.
LAST SEASON: Appeared in a career-high 80 games during his fourth season with the Islanders, scoring 32 points (13g/19a)...Led the team and tied for fourth in the league with three short-handed goals...Matched his career high in assists...Tied for seventh on the team in points and ranked seventh in goals...Scored his 100th career point with a short-handed goal on Jan. 19 at Philadelphia...Left the game with back spasms on Feb. 21 and missed the next two games...Had a three-game goal-scoring streak (4g) from Feb. 28 - Mar. 3...Had a six-game point streak (3g/9a) from Mar. 17-29...Recorded a career-high three assists on Mar. 27 at Pittsburgh...Scored a career-high five points on Mar. 29 vs. Pittsburgh.
2010-11: Scored 28 points (11g/17a) in 70 games during his third season with the Islanders…Finished seventh on the team in goals and points…Posted career highs in penalty minutes (37) and power-play goals (5), while matching his career best with two game-winning goals…Tied for seventh in the NHL with 72 takeaways…Also made his American Hockey League debut with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, posting 17 points (6g/11a) with a plus-5 rating in 11 games…With the Islanders, scored six points (3g/3a) in the first five games of the season…Suffered a hip flexor injury on Oct. 18 at Toronto and missed two games…Was assigned to Bridgeport on Nov. 24…Was recalled from loan on Dec. 22 and posted a season-high three points (2g/1a) on Dec. 23 at New Jersey…Had a three-game assist streak from Jan. 15-20 (3a)…Received a game misconduct after his first career NHL fight (P. Dupuis) on Feb. 11 vs. Pittsburgh…Had a four-game point streak from Feb. 11-17 (2g/2a)…Posted a season-high plus-3 rating on Feb. 15 at Ottawa…Had a four-game point streak from Mar. 2-8 (1g/3a)…Played in his 200th NHL/Islanders game on Mar. 15 at NY Rangers.
2009-10: Set career highs in games (73), goals (16), assists (19), points (35), plus-minus rating (+5), penalty minutes (18), short-handed goals (1), game-winning goals (2), shots (112) and shooting percentage (14.3) in his second professional season...Led the Islanders in plus-minus, ranked seventh on the team in scoring and sixth in assists...Played in his 100th NHL/Islanders game on Dec. 14 vs. Florida...Recorded a season-high three points (1g/2a) on Jan. 9 at Phoenix...Scored two overtime goals: Nov. 23 at Toronto (4-3) and Mar. 27 at Columbus (4-3)…Tallied the first short-handed goal of his career on Oct. 22 at Montreal…Recorded an assist in six consecutive games from Dec. 31-Jan. 12 and a point in seven consecutive games from Dec. 29-Jan. 12: (4g/8a) He was the first Islander since Roman Hamrlik in 2000-01 to have a six-game assist streak...Shifted from center to left wing midway through the season to play on the team’s top offensive unit with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.
2008-09: Scored 25 points (7g/18a) in 68 games during his rookie season with the Islanders, tying for ninth on the team in scoring...Missed the first 14 games of the season with a lower-body injury...Made his NHL debut on Nov. 11 vs. Philadelphia...Recorded his first NHL assist/point on Nov. 13 at Ottawa...Scored his first NHL goal (M. Tellqvist) on Jan. 2 at Phoenix...Scored his first NHL power-play goal on Feb. 5 at Florida...Recorded his first NHL multi-goal game (2g/0a) on Mar. 21 at Ottawa...Recorded a career-high two assists in three games: Nov. 26 vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 29 at Atlanta and Mar. 7 vs. New Jersey.
2007-08: Finished third in the Ontario Hockey League in assists (67) and 10th in the league in points (96) during his third season of junior hockey and his second with Windsor...Ranked second among draft-eligible players in points...Served as an alternate captain for Windsor...Was selected to play in the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic...Tallied two goals at the 2008 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game...Closed the season with a nine-game point streak...Added six points (1g/5a) in five OHL playoff games.
2006-07: Split his second OHL season between Owen Sound and Windsor, totaling 61 points (22g/39a) in 69 games. 2005-06: Scored 26 points (7g/19a) in 55 games as a rookie with Owen Sound.
2006: Represented Team Ontario at the 2006 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.