ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Islanders in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft.
LAST SEASON: Led the Niagara IceDogs in scoring with 94 points (34g/60a) in 53 games during his fourth and final season in the Ontario Hockey League... Led Niagara in assists and plus-minus rating (+43), establishing career highs in each category...Added three points (2g/1a) in five OHL Playoff games... Following the conclusion of his junior season, signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League) and posted seven points (2g/5a) in 10 games...Scored on his first shot in his professional debut, and also added an assist on Apr. 2 at Worcester...Recorded two assists on Apr. 4 vs. Worcester.
2011-12: Scored 68 points (30g/38a) in 46 games with Niagara during his third season in the OHL...Finished third on the team in goals, despite playing in just 46 of the team’s 68 games... Posted the highest points-per-game on the team (1.48)...Finished second on the team with a career-best plus-37 rating...Added 23 points (7g/16a) in 20 postseason games, leading Niagara to the OHL finals...Tied for second on the team in playoff scoring...Remained on the Islanders roster and was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season, missing seven OHL games before being returned to Niagara on Oct. 13...Won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Calgary and Edmonton...Finished second on Team Canada with nine points (3g/6a) and a plus-9 rating in six games...Suffered facial fractures on Jan. 14 at Barrie and missed nine games, returning on Feb. 9 vs. Mississauga...Represented Canada at the Canada-Russia Challenge, scoring four points (2g/2a) in four games, including the overtime tournament winner.
2010-11: Finished third in Ontario Hockey League scoring and led Niagara with 106 points (33g/73a) in 65 games during his second OHL season...Helped lead Niagara to a franchise-best 45 wins and 96 points...Voted Most Improved Player and Best Playmaker in the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll...Posted 1.63 points-per-game, finishing first among OHL forwards...Ranked fourth on the team with a plus-28 rating...Added 12 points (6g/6a) in 14 playoff games...Named to the OHL Second All-Star Team... Posted 35 multi-point games, including a pair of four-point efforts (3g/1a on Oct. 13 at Belleville and 4a on Mar. 19 vs. Kingston)...Had a goal in six straight playoff games from Apr. 7-15.
2009-10: Split his first OHL season between the Barrie Colts and Niagara...Scored 14 points (5g/9a) in 34 games with Barrie, before being traded to Niagara in exchange for Alex Pietrangelo on Jan. 9...Posted 13 points (3g/10a) in 27 games with Niagara and added three assists in five playoff games...Drafted by Barrie in the first round (eighth overall) of the OHL Priority Selection...Won a silver medal with Team Ontario at the 2010 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in Timmins.