Selected by the Islanders in the first round (first overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Draft. Signed a three-year Entry-Level Contract on July 15, 2009. Agreed to a six-year contract extension on September 16, 2011.
Led the Islanders in scoring for the third consecutive season and tied for seventh in the NHL with 81 points (31g/50a) in 82 games during his third professional campaign...Established career highs in goals, assists, points and games played...Served as an assistant captain...Scored 41.3% of all Islanders points (81-of-196)...Became the fourth player in Islanders history to score at least 73 points in a season at age 21 or younger (Bossy, Trottier, Potvin)...Was the first Islander to score at least 70 points in a season since 2001-02 (Yashin) and the first with 50 assists since 1993-94 (Turgeon)...Led the team with eight game-winning goals, tying for seventh in the league...Was one of four Islanders to appear in all 82 contests (Moulson, Nielsen, Streit)...Posted 20 multi-point games, including three four-point efforts and six three-point contests...Led the team in power-play scoring with 25 points (7g/18a)...Finished second in the NHL in takeaways (99) and outside-division points (66), fourth in the league in team faceoffs taken (34.7%), fifth in the league in home goals (23), sixth in faceoffs won (814) and home points (45) and tied for seventh in the NHL in even-strength points (56)...Led the Islanders in Three Stars of the Game honors with 24 selections, including 12 first-star honors...Recorded a four-point period (1st) on Oct. 13 vs. Tampa Bay...Posted his second-straight four-point game, including his third-career hat trick on Oct. 15 vs. NY Rangers...Named the NHL’s Second Star of the week on Oct. 17...Had a team-season-high 12-game point streak (8g/13a) from Dec. 29 - Jan. 21, including a six-game assist streak (9a) from Dec. 29 - Jan. 10...Appeared in his 200th career NHL game on Jan. 7 at Phoenix...Played in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Ottawa...Named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for January...Recorded his 100th career assist on Feb. 9 vs. Montreal...Reached the 30-goal mark for the first time on Mar. 13 vs. Washington...Scored his 200th career point on Apr. 3 at New Jersey.
2010-11: Led the Islanders in scoring for the second-straight season with a career-high 67 points (29g/38a)…Led the team in assists and ranked third in goals…Posted a team-high four game-winning goals and tied for first in the NHL with three overtime goals…Also co-led the team with nine power-play goals…Finished fifth in the league with 75 takeaways…Had a team-high 17 multi-point games…Ranked 16th in the league with 693 faceoff wins…Suffered a concussion in the Islanders season-opener on Oct. 9 vs. Dallas and missed three games…Scored his first goal of the season in his first game back on Oct. 16 vs. Colorado to kick off a five-game point streak through Oct. 27 (6g/2a)…Scored the first overtime goal of his career on Oct. 18 at Toronto…Scored his first-career hat trick on Oct. 23 at Florida…Played in his 100th NHL/Islanders game on Nov. 24 vs. Columbus…Had a six-game point streak from Dec. 16-27 (2g/5a)…Scored his second overtime winner of the season and added an assist on Dec. 22 vs. Tampa Bay…Recorded consecutive three-point nights on Dec. 31 at Detroit (1g/2a) and Jan. 3 at Calgary (2g/1a)…Scored his third overtime winner of the season on Jan. 8 at Colorado…Scored a “natural hat trick” on Jan 15. vs. Buffalo…Had points in five straight games from Feb. 5-13 (3g/6a)…Had a four-point game (1g/3a) including his 20th goal on Feb. 11 vs. Pittsburgh…Scored his 100th point on Feb. 13 at Buffalo…Had a three-point night (1g/2a) on Apr. 9 at Philadelphia.
2009-10: Led the Islanders in scoring and ranked second amongst NHL rookies with 54 points (24g/30a)...Ranked third amongst rookies in assists and tied for the league lead amongst rookies in goals...Became the first rookie to lead the Islanders outright in scoring since Denis Potvin in 1973-74 (Trent Hunter tied for the team lead in points in 2003-04). Was the first Islanders rookie since Hunter to record at least 50 points (51 in 2003-04)...Led the team and all NHL rookies with 11 power-play goals and 25 power-play points. Became the first Islander since Jason Blake (14) and Mike Sillinger (11) in 2006-07 to record 11 power-play goals in a season...Played in his first NHL game on Oct. 3 vs. Pittsburgh...Scored his first NHL point/assist and goal on Oct. 3 vs. Pittsburgh…Became the 18th Islander to score a goal in his NHL debut...Recorded his first NHL penalty minutes on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose...Recorded his first NHL two-goal game on Nov. 13 at Carolina...Scored five consecutive Islanders goals from Dec. 4-9, tying the club record for most consecutive goals by one player [Bryan Trottier scored five consecutive goals in one game (2/13/82 vs. Philadelphia) and Mariusz Czerkawski equaled the mark over a three-game period in 1998 (March 28 – April 1)]...Recorded a career-best five points (2g/3a) on Mar. 16 at Vancouver, tying an Islanders rookie record.