Claimed off waivers by the from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 18, 2013. Agreed to a three-year extension on January 31, 2013.
Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (65th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft.
Was limited to 19 games due to injury during his first season with the Islanders and fourth professional campaign...Recorded four assists...Was one of six Islanders to finish with an “plus” rating (+4)...Scored his first point (assist) as an Islander on Feb. 5 vs. Pittsburgh...Recorded his first career two-point game with his first two assists of the season on Feb. 9 vs. Buffalo...Suffered a left ankle fracture on Feb. 18 vs. Philadelphia and was placed on injured reserve...Activated off injured reserve on Apr. 15 after missing 27 games and returned to the lineup on Apr. 20...Played the final four games of the regular season...Appeared in 26 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League during the NHL lockout.
2011-12: Appeared in nine games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 41 AHL games with WIlkes-Barre/Scranton during his third professional season...Recorded his first NHL point (1a) on Mar. 27 vs. NY Islanders...With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recorded 16 points (4g/12a)...Had three-game point streaks from Oct. 13-15 (1g/3a) and Jan. 21-25 (1g/2a)...Had multi-point games on Oct. 14 vs. Springfield (2a) and Mar. 25 vs. Springfield (1g/1a)...Added one assist in two Calder Cup Playoff games.
2010-11: Scored 10 points (2g/8a) in 75 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) in his second professional season...Also appeared in his first three NHL games with Pittsburgh, making his NHL debut on Feb. 21 vs. Washington...With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recorded four points (1g/3a) in 12 Calder Cup Playoff Games.
2009-10: Appeared in 78 games as a rookie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), recording 14 points (2g/12a) and 73 penalty minutes...Led the team with a plus-22 rating...Scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 11 vs. Portland.
2008-09: Won an NCAA National Championship as a junior at Boston University (Hockey East)...Recorded seven points (2g/5a) in 38 games.
2007-08: Scored 10 points (0g/10a) in 37 games as a sophomore at Boston University...Named runner-up for Hockey East Best Defenseman.
2006-07: Registered six points (3g/3a) during his freshman year at Boston University.
Captained the United States to a gold medal at the 2006 Under-18 World Junior Championships...Also represented the U.S. at the 2008 World Junior Championships...Spent two seasons (2004-05 - 2005-06) with the U.S. National Development Program.
2013: Played in all six games for the Islanders in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh...Scored his first NHL goal on May 7 in Game 4 vs. Pittsburgh Fleury).
2012: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with Pittsburgh, appearing in three games and recording a plus-3 rating as the Penguins fell in six games to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.