Acquired by the Islanders from the Minnesota Wild, along with a third-round pick in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, in exchange for Nino Niederreiter on June 30, 2013. Signed a four-year contract on July 9, 2013.
Selected by Minnesota in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Signed an Entry-Level Contract with Minnesota on May 27, 2007.
Scored 10 points (4g/6a) in 42 games with Minnesota during his fifth full NHL season...Led the team and ranked ninth in the league with 155 hits...Missed six games with a lower-body injury from Feb. 23 - Mar. 5...Recorded a season-high eight hits on Mar. 9 at Nashville in his first game back from injury...Had a season-high two assists on Mar. 25 at Dallas...Tied his season high with eight hits on Apr. 18 at San Jose.
2011-12: Collected 27 points (15g/12a) and a team-leading 103 penalty minutes in 74 games with Minnesota...Tied for the NHL lead with four short-handed goals...Ranked third in the league with 288 hits...Finished fourth on the team in goals...Recorded four multi- point games...Missed one game with upper body injury (Nov. 8), four games with a lower-body injury (Dec. 2, 8, 10; Feb. 14) and three games with an undisclosed injury (Mar. 6-11)...Scored a shorthanded game winner on Nov. 23 vs. Nashville...Racked up a season-high 10 hits on Dec. 6 at San Jose...Collected 15 penalty minutes on Feb. 9 vs. Vancouver...Appeared in his 300th career NHL game on Mar. 31 vs. Los Angeles...Recorded his 100th career point (1g) on Apr. 5 vs. Chicago.
2010-11: Established career highs in goals (19), power-play goals (4), game-winning goals (3), assists (15) and points (34) during his third full season with Minnesota...Led the NHL for the third straight season in hits (336)...Finished second on the team with 19 goals and tied for second with 191 shots...Missed one game with a lower-body injury (Dec. 31), four games with an upper-body injury (Mar. 6-11) and one game due to illness (Apr. 7)... Picked up career-high 12 hits on Nov. 24 vs. Philadelphia......Recorded a career-high three-game goal streak (3g/1a) from Jan 4-8... Tallied goal, assist and career-high plus-3 rating in his 200th NHL game on Jan. 19 at Calgary... Scored two goals on Feb. 11 at St. Louis...Delivered his 1,000th career hit on Mar. 29 at St. Louis...Tied a career-high with 15 penalty minutes on Apr. 8 at Edmonton.
2009-10: Recorded 13 goals, eight assists and 21 points in 74 games during his second season with Minnesota...Led the NHL with 318 hits...Led the team with two short-handed goals...Missed five games with an ankle injury (Oct. 14-23), two games with the flu (Dec. 5-7) and one game with a leg injury (Mar. 9)...Scored his first career short-handed goal on Nov. 7 vs. Dallas...Skated in 100th career NHL game on Nov. 28 at Colorado...Recorded his first career two-assist game on Dec. 28 at Los Angeles.
2008-09: Led Minnesota rookies in scoring with 18 points (11g/7a) and and tied for second on the team with 76 penalty minutes during his first full NHL sea- son...Recorded 356 hits, then the second-highest total in NHL history...Tied a Minnesota rookie record, appearing in 78 games (James Sheppard, 2007-08)...Recalled from the Houston Aeros on Oct. 16 and made his season debut that night at Florida...Had appeared in two American Hockey League games prior to being recalled...Scored his first two NHL goals on Nov. 24 vs. Washington...Scored his first career game-winning goal on Jan. 15 vs Edmonton.
2007-08: Skated in 73 games with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League during his first professional campaign...Scored 24 points (11g/13a) with 97 penalty minutes...Ranked third on the team in penalty minutes...Scored a goal in his first professional game in the season opener on Oct. 6 vs. Chicago...Was recalled by Minnesota on Oct. 23 after playing only five professional games with Houston...Appeared in two NHL contests...Made his NHL debut on Oct. 28 at Colorado...Also skated with Minnesota on Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh...Did not register a point in five playoff games with Houston.
2006-07: Established junior career highs in in points (89), assists (54) and penalty minutes (153) during his third season with the Oshawa Generals and fourth in the Ontario Hockey League...Matched his goal output from the previous season (35)...Tied for first on the team with six shorthanded goals and tied for second with 19 power-play goals...Ranked second on team in assists, plus/minus rating and penalty minutes.
2005-06: Recorded 68 points (35g/33a) with 139 penalty minutes in 66 games with Oshawa...Led the team with 18 power-play goals, ranked second in goals and assists and third in scoring and penalty minutes...Added four points (2g/2a) in six playoff games.
2004-05: Started his second OHL season with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and notched 16 points (10g/6a) in 38 contests...Was traded to Oshawa, where he recorded 18 points (9g/9a) in 27 games.
2003-04: Made his OHL debut with Toronto, recording 11 points (4g/7a) in 60 games...Added eight points (3g/5a) in 18 OHL Playoff games.
Represented Canada at the 2011 World Championships (Slovakia) and the 2005 Under-18 World Junior Championships (Czech Republic)...Won silver in 2005...Was a member of Team Canada at the 2004 Under-18 Junior World Cup...Represented Canada-Ontario at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
2013: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, recording two points (1g/1a) in five games as Minnesota lost its Western Conference Quarterfinal series against Chicago.