Signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 2, 2012. Agreed to a two-year extension on March 15, 2013.
Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2011.
Scored 18 points (8g/10a) in 70 games during his second season with the Islanders...Posted career highs in goals, points, games and penalty minutes (34)... Missed a game due to a hip injury on Oct. 15 vs. Buffalo...Returned to the lineup the following game and played four games, before missing five more games with the same injury from Oct. 26 - Nov. 5...Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Feb. 8 vs. Carolina...Had a four-game point streak (2g/2a) from Mar. 4-10...Had a three-point game (2g/1a) and went plus-4 on Mar. 25 at Carolina...Had a two-assist game on Apr. 1 vs. Florida.
2012-13: Scored 17 points (7g/10a) in 45 games during his first full NHL season...Recorded three multi-point games...Placed second on the team in hits (120)...Recorded his first career assist on Jan. 24 at Toronto...Was suspended for two games by the NHL for boarding Ben Lovejoy on Jan. 29 at Pittsburgh...Scored his first goal as an Islander on Feb. 9 vs. Buffalo...Recorded his first fighting major (S. Hartnell) and his first two-goal game on March 28 at Philadelphia...Recorded his first career multi-assist game (2a) on Apr. 9 vs. Philadelphia...During the NHL lockout, appeared in 35 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League), scoring 27 points (6g/21a) and serving as team captain. 2011-12: Scored 49 points (14g/35a) in 68 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during his fifth AHL season and first with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton...Led the team in assists and finished third in points...Ranked third on the team with a plus-13 rating...Co-led the team in playoff scoring, posting 13 points (6g/7a) in 12 games...Also appeared in five NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins on two seperate call-ups in January and February...Played in his second AHL All-Star game, netting an assist for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. 2010-11: Led the AHL in goals with 42 during his fourth professional season and first with the Oklahoma City Barons...Added 16 assists for 58 points while appearing in all 80 games...Finished third on the team in points...Made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut, recording two points (1g/1a) in six games...Appeared in his first AHL All-Star Game, netting an assist for the Western Conference All-Stars. 2009-10: Scored 23 points (12g/11a) in 76 AHL games during his third season with the Springfield Falcons...Also appeared in his first two career NHL games with Edmonton...Made his NHL debut on Nov. 27 vs. San Jose...Scored his first NHL goal (R. Luongo) on Nov. 28 at Vancouver. 2008-09: Scored 22 points (10g/12a) in 77 AHL games with Springfield during his second professional season, establishing a career high in penalty minutes with 65...Led the team in games played...Also appeared in his only three career ECHL games, netting two assists with the Stockton Thunder. 2007-08: Made his professional debut with Springfield, appearing in 73 AHL games and recording 23 points (12g/11a)...Recorded an assist in his first professional game on Oct. 6 vs. Worcester...Scored his first professional goal on Oct. 26 at Hartford.
2006-07: Led Providence College in goals with 13 during his senior year competing in Hockey East...Added four assists for 17 points...Served as co-captain. 2005-06: Led Providence in scoring during his junior season with a career-high 28 points (9g/19a) in 36 games. 2004-05: Matched his freshman year output with 16 points (11g/5a) despite appearing in just 26 games with Providence as a sophomore. 2003-04: Was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and earned Providence’s Most Valuable Freshman award after netting 16 points (10g/6a) in 37 games.
2013: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, scoring three points (2g/1a) in six games of the Islanders’ Eastern Conference Quartferfinals against Pittsburgh.
Played two seasons with the New England Coyotes of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (2001-02; 2002-03)...Led the league in scoring in 2002-03 with 58 points (28g/30a), earning the EJHL Offensive Player of the Year award and league MVP honors.