ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Islanders in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft.
LAST SEASON: Scored 68 points (30g/38a) in 46 games with the Niagara IceDogs during his third season in the Ontario Hockey League...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.