Selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Draft. Signed an entry-level contract with the Islanders on May 31, 2011.
Finished second on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League) in scoring with 45 points (15 goals, 30 assists) in 52 games as a rookie...Led the team with a plus-26 rating, which ranks second all-time behind Trent Hunter’s single-season record (+27, 2001-02)...Made his NHL debut with the Islanders, recording four assists in 15 games...Recorded his first professional assist in a three-point game (3a) on Oct. 9 at Albany...Scored his first two professional goals, including the game-winning goal with 18.7 seconds left in the third period, on Oct. 29 vs. Providence...Earned AHL Player of the Month honors in January, recording 18 points (8g/10a) and a plus-14 rating in 11 games as the Sound Tigers went 10-0-1....Recorded three consecutive three-point games (4g/5a) to close out January, earning AHL Player of the Week honors for the period ending Jan. 29...Posted an eight-game point streak from Jan. 15 - Feb. 11, totaling 17 points (6g/11a)...Also had a five-game goal scoring streak from Jan. 15-28...Served as the Sound Tigers representative at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City...Earned his first NHL call-up on Feb. 23. At the time of his recall, was leading the Sound Tigers in points (45), assists (29) and plus-minus (+25)...Made his NHL debut on Feb. 24 vs. NY Rangers...Scored his first career NHL points with two assists on Mar. 1 at Philadelphia...Was out of the lineup with the flu on March 10 vs. New Jersey...Left the game with an upper-body injury on March 29 vs. Pittsburgh and missed the final five games of the season...Returned to Bridgeport for the playoffs and went scoreless in three games.