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 December 28, 2007. Agreed to a five-year contract extension on May 25, 2011.
Led the Islanders in goals (27), game-winning goals (4), assists (42) and points (69), establishing new career highs in each category during his seventh season with the team and his fifth as alternate captain...Had 21 multi-point games... Named a Star of the Game a team co-leading 15 times, including six Firs Star honors...His 54 even-strength points and 32 even-strength assists each ranked tenth in the NHL...Finished second on the team in power-play goals (5) and third in power-play points (15)...Went 2-for-3 in the shootout, with two shootout-deciding goals...Recorded multi-point performances in three straight games from Oct. 17-22 (2g/4a)...Had a five-game point/assist streak (3g/5a) from Oct. 17-26...Had three straight multi-point games from Nov. 2-5 (1g/6a)...Had a three-point night, including the GWG, in his hometown on Dec. 29 at MIN...Made it consecutive three-point games for the first time in his career (1g/2a) on Dec. 31 at BOS...Matched his career high with an eight-game point streak (6g/7a) from Dec. 17 - Jan. 2...Missed his first game since Nov. 19, 2011 due to the birth of his first child on Jan. 6 (had played in 156 straight)...Had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, including his first regular-season fight and 20th goal, on Jan. 20 vs. PHI...Surpassed his career-season high in points, with his 53rd (a) and 54th (g) points of the season on Jan. 25 vs. St. Louis...Had a six game point streak (4g/7a) from Jan. 18-27...Named the NHL’s 2nd Star Mar. 17 (1g/6a)...Suffered a lower-body injury on Mar. 25 at Carolina and missed the final 10 games of the season.
2012-13: Scored 24 points (4g/20a) in 48 games during his sixth season with the Islanders and his fourth as an assistant captain...Was one of eight Islanders to appear in all 48 games...Recorded four multi-point games, including a three-point effort (1g/2a) on Feb. 28 vs. Toronto...Recorded his 100th career assist on March 5 vs. Montreal...Recorded two assists in his 300th career game on March 19 vs. Ottawa...Had a four-game assist streak (6a) from Apr. 16-23. 2011-12: Scored 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 alternate 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 career points 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: Named an alternate captain for the first time in his third season with the Islanders...Finished second on the team in scoring with 52 points (19g/33a)...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 season-high three points (1g/2a), including an overtime goal 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 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 second season with the Islanders and first full NHL campaign...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...Posted 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 the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League) after leaving the University of Minnesota...Recorded a goal and four assists in his first weekend with Bridgeport (three games).
2013: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, co-leading the team in goals (3) and adding one assist in six games during the Islanders’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh...Recorded his first career fighting major in Game 2 on May 3 at Pittsburgh and also scored the game-winning goal.
Represented the United States at three World Championships (2012 - Finland and Sweden; 2010 - Germany; 2009 - Switzerland), totaling 11 points (5g/6a) in 23 games. In 2009, scored the game-tying goal to earn Player of the Game honors for Team USA against Russia in the Semifinals...Also played for Team USA at two World Junior Championships (2008 - Czech Republic; 2007 - Sweden), collecting seven points (1g/6a) in 13 games. Helped lead the U.S. to the bronze medal in 2007...Was a member of the U.S. Junior Select 18 and Under Team that competed at the Viking Cup in Camrose, Alberta in 2006...Skated with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that participated in the Under-18 Junior World Cup in 2005, ranking first on the team with six goals and tying for the team lead with nine points. Played on the U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in 2004. In 2003, participated in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Development Camp in Vierumaki, Finland.
2007-08: Recorded seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 18 games with the University of Minnesota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. 2006-07: Named to the All-WCHA Second Team and WCHA All-Rookie Team...Finished second on the team with 40 points and in goals with 19...Tied for eighth in the WCHA and third among conference freshmen in points.
2005-06: Played with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League...Ranked second on the team and sixth in the league with 58 points (27g/31a) in 50 games...Finished second on the team in goals and tied for second in assists...Helped lead Des Moines to the Clark Cup as Tier I Junior A National Champions...Led the league in playoff scoring with five goals and 11 assists in 11 games...Named the Clark Cup Playoff MVP...Named a USHL First Team All-Star and earned USHL Rookie of the Year honors. 2004-05: Helped lead Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.) to the USA Hockey Youth Tier I 18 & Under National Championship...Ranked third on the team in goals (47) and points (92) and fourth in assists (45). 2003-04: Skated in 71 games for Shattuck-St. Mary’s and totaled 99 points.