TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Islanders in the fifth round (126th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
LAST SEASON: Led all Ohio State University (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) defenseman in scoring with 19 points (3g/16a) and ranked second overall on the team with 16 assists during his senior National Collegiate Athletic Association season…Ranked fifth overall on the team in scoring…Also led the Buckeyes with a plus-minus rating of +9…Finished his college career with 16 goals and 55 assists for 71 points in 152 games…Signed an Amateur Tryout with the Islanders and made his NHL debut in the last game of the season on Apr. 9 at Philadelphia.
CAREER: 2009-10: Ranked seventh on Ohio State and second among defensemen in scoring with 17 points (5g/12a) in 34 games as a junior...Posted a +3 rating with an NCAA career-low 22 penalty minutes...Notched four power-play goals and one short-handed marker...Blocked a team-high 68 shots, 15 more than the next best Buckeye shot-blocker. 2008-09: Was the only Buckeye blueliner to play in all 42 games during his sophomore year...Netted a career-best seven goals, 17 assists and 24 points, along with +13 mark...Posted a team-high five power-play goals...Ranked second on the team with 66 blocked shots, including seven at Bowling Green on Jan. 10...Had a nine-game point streak (3g/11a) with a +1 rating or better mark in all but one game (+13 overall) from Nov. 29 to Jan. 16...Tied for seventh among CCHA defensemen in points, leading all Buckeyes defensemen...Named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week on Jan. 6 after earning a spot on the Ohio Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team...Notched a career-high three assists and +3 rating at Ferris State on Jan. 16...Was a +1 or better in 21 games...Named the Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for December. 2007-08: Played in 39 games as a freshman at Ohio State, scoring one goal and 10 assists for 11 points...Served 45 penalty minutes...Scored his first career assist/point vs. Robert Morris on Nov. 16 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh...Notched two assists vs. St. Lawrence on Dec. 8 for his first career multiple-point game...Also had two helpers at Lake Superior State on Jan. 25...Scored his first career goal vs. Alaska on Jan. 5...Recorded 50 blocked shots on the year to rank second on the team...Named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
JUNIOR: 2006-07: Was a United States Hockey League All-Star in his second season with Des Moines...Played in 59-of-60 games, ranking second among defensemen with 29 points (10g/19a)...Seven goals and 11 assists came on the power play...Had 137 penalty minutes. 2005-06: Earned USHL all-rookie honors and won the Clark Cup with Des Moines...Scored 22 points (10g/12a) in 59 regular-season games...Netted seven power-play goals and one short-handed marker...Added six power-play assists...Played in 19 playoff games with the Buccaneers, recording three goals and three assists...Was +9 in his run to the Clark Cup title. 2004-05: Played for the Buffalo Lightning of the Ontario Junion Hockey League, recording 40 points (14g/26a) in 43 games...Named the Ontario Junior Hockey League West Division's Best Defenseman and was a finalist for league Rookie of the Year honors.