Selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft.
Appeared in his first 29 career NHL games with the Islanders, scoring eight points (4g/4a) and collecting six penalty minutes...Also led the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in goals (24) during his second season in the American Hockey League, while playing in just 40 of the team’s 82 games...Added six assists in Bridgeport for 30 points with a plus-9 rating...Was recalled from Bridgeport on Nov. 20. At the time of the recall, he was tied for the AHL lead in goals (12) and led the team in points (14)...Made his NHL debut on Nov. 21 in Pittsburgh...Scored his first NHL point/assist on Nov. 29 at Buffalo...Scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 6 vs. Tampa Bay (M. Garon)...Suffered a concussion on Dec. 20 at Winnipeg in his 14th career NHL game and missed the next nine games on Injured Reserve, before returning to Bridgeport on Jan. 11...Recalled from Bridgeport on Feb. 25 and played in 15 games before being returned on Mar. 29...With Bridgeport, scored two points (1g/1a) in three playoff games.