Selected by the Islanders in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft.
Split his first professional season between the Islanders and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League)...Led the Sound Tigers with 49 points (13g/36a) despite playing just 37 AHL games..Finished seventh among AHL rookies in points...Named CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for November and named CCM/AHL Player of the Week in consecutive weeks, becoming the third AHL player in the last 20 years to earn the honor consecutively (Blake Geoffrion, 2011; Jim Carey, 1994)...Recalled from loan on Dec. 11. Was leading the AHL in scoring at the time with 33 points (9g/24a) in 23 games...Scored 18 points (7g/11a), including seven power-play points (4g/3a), in 37 NHL games...The Islanders went 21-11-5 when he played...Made his NHL debut on Dec. 14 vs. Montreal...Recorded his first NHL point (assist) on Dec. 20 at NY Rangers...Scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 6 vs. Dallas...Returned to Bridgeport on Jan. 15 after scoring four points (1g/3a) in 15 games...Represented the Sound Tigers at the 2014 AHL All-Star Weekend in St. John’s, NL, winning the accuracy shooting event in the Skills Competition and scoring twice in the game...Recalled under emergency conditions on Feb. 24...Had his first multi-point game (2a) and went plus-4 on Mar. 25 at Carolina.
Represented Canada at two World Junior Championships (2012 - Calgary & Edmonton; 2013 - Ufa, Russia), winning bronze in 2012...Represented Canada at the 2013 Canada-Russia Challenge, scoring four points (2g/2a) in four games, including the overtime tournament winner...Won a silver medal with Team Ontario at the 2010 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in Timmins, Ontario.
2012-13: 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 contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 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...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. 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.