Selected by the Islanders in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft. Agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract on May 27, 2010. Agreed to a seven-year contract on July 5, 2013.
Established career highs in points (33), assists (28) and plus-minus rating (+15) in 71 games during his fifth season with the Islanders... Matched his career high in goals (5)...Led all Islanders in average time on ice (21:47) and finished third overall in plus-minus...Led all defensemen in assists and placed fifth overall on the club...Recorded four multi-point games...Missed 11 games throughout the season due to injury...Missed four games with an upper-body injury from Oct. 23-30...Suffered an upper-body injury on Dec. 2 vs. Ottawa and missed six games...Played in his 300th NHL game on Feb. 17 at Carolina...Recorded his 100th NHL point (goal) on Feb. 21 at Washington...Suffered an MCL injury on Apr. 10 at Pittsburgh and missed the last game of the regular season.
2013-14: Scored 18 points (3g/15a) during his fourth season with the Islanders...Finished second on the team in average time on ice (25:00) and blocked shots (132), fourth in penalty minutes (68) and sixth in plus-minus rating (+2)...Finished sixth in the NHL in even strength time on ice (20:39)...Led the Islanders in time on ice in 38 games (18-15-5)...The Islanders went 11-2-1 when he recorded a point... Recorded four multi-point games (2a)...Appeared in his 200th NHL game on Nov. 9 at Columbus...Suffered an upper-body injury on Jan. 12 at Dallas and was placed on injured reserve on Jan. 28...Removed from IR on Feb. 6 after missing 12 games...Set a franchise record for penalty minutes in a period on Mar. 1 vs. New Jersey. It was also the team’s highest single-game mark of the season....Served a one-game suspension on Mar. 2 vs. Florida for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of regulation on Mar. 1 vs. New Jersey. 2012-13: Scored 10 points (3g/7a) in 48 games during his third NHL season with the Islanders...Was one of eight Islanders to appear in every game...Led the Islanders in shifts per game (27.2) and ranked fourth in average time on ice (22:48)...Scored the Islanders’ first goal of the season on Jan. 19 vs. New Jersey...Recorded his 50th career assist on Mar. 22 vs. Pittsburgh...Scored his first career game-winning goal on Apr. 1 at New Jersey...Appeared in 21 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League) during the NHL Lockout, recording 10 points (4g/6a) and two game-winning goals...Recorded three assists in Bridgeport’s season opener at Connecticut on Oct. 12. 2011-12: Scored 24 points (2g/22a) in 73 games during his second season with the Islanders...Led the team with a plus-6 rating...Finished second amongst team defensemen in points for the second-straight season and ranked sixth on the team in assists...Placed second on the team in shifts per game (26.1) and third in average time on ice (22:25)...Led the team in ice time in 15 games (The Islanders were 7-4-4 in those games)...Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Jan. 6 at Anaheim...Missed nine games due to injury after being struck in the face by a puck on Feb. 4 vs. Buffalo (underwent surgery to repair a broken nose)...Returned to the lineup on Feb. 24 vs. NY Rangers...Matched his career high with a three-point game (1g/2a) on Mar. 13 vs. Washington. 2010-11: Scored 26 points (5g/21a) in 62 games as a rookie with the Islanders…Led all defensemen in goals and ranked second in assists and points…Ranked fourth on the team with 103 penalty minutes...Appeared in 19 AHL games with Bridgeport before being recalled by the Islanders for the remainder of the season…Totaled seven points (2g/5a) and 45 penalty minutes with Bridgeport…Recorded his first professional goal on the power play at Portland on Nov. 15...Had his first multi-point game at Manchester on Oct. 29, where he scored an overtime goal… Recalled from Bridgeport on emergency basis on Nov. 23. Was leading Bridgeport defensemen in scoring at time of recall…Made his NHL debut on Nov. 24 vs. Columbus...Recorded his first NHL point/assist on Dec. 2 vs. NY Rangers...Scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 1 at Atlanta (Pavelec)...Recorded his first two-assist game, including his 10th assist of the season, on Feb. 5 vs. Ottawa...Had three points (1g/2a) and a fight with a game misconduct on Feb. 11 vs. Pittsburgh.
2013: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, recording one assist in six games during the Islanders’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.
2009-10: Split his fourth Western Hockey League season between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings, totaling 44 points (11g/33a) in 31 regular season games...Despite playing in fewer than half of Moose Jaw’s games, finished the season as the team’s second-leading scoring defenseman...Traded to Brandon prior to the WHL playoffs and finished sixth on the team in postseason scoring with 11 points (4g/7a) in 15 games. 2008-09: Established junior career highs in goals (13) and points (40) in 57 games during his third Western Hockey League season with Moose Jaw...Led all Moose Jaw defensemen in goals (13), assists (27) and points (40), ranking fifth overall on the team...Ranked second on the team with a career-high 126 penalty minutes...Practiced with Bridgeport at the completion of the season. Scored 22 points (5g/17a) with a plus-5 rating and 101 penalty minutes in 61 games during his second WHL season with Moose Jaw...Notched one assist in six postseason games during his first WHL playoff action...Named the Warriors Scholastic Player of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year. 2006-07: Netted three assists in 22 games as a rookie with Moose Jaw...Was Moose Jaw’s ninth-round selection, 162nd overall, in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft.
Won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Saskatoon and Regina. Led the team with a plus-9 rating....Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Under-18 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic...Won a silver medal with Team Manitoba at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.