Selected by the Islanders in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft.
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 (7-4-4)...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 American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 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 (O. Pavelec) on Feb. 1 at Atlanta…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.