|BIRTHPLACE:||Charlottetown, PE, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||MTL: 2003-188 overall|
|Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 22, 2005. Traded to Carolina by Columbus for Derrick Walser, November 29, 2006. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 6, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Manitoba (AHL), September 8, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 3. 2011. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl. (KHL), July 22, 2012.|
Played for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), totaling six points (1g, 5a) and 25 penalty minutes in 52 regular-season games… Was sixth among team defensemen in regular-season scoring… Appeared in all six playoff games as Yaroslavl fell to Severstal Cherepovets in six games.
Is in his third NHL season and first with Carolina… Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina on 7/10/13… Had earned eight points (3g, 5a) in 39 career NHL games with the New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets entering 2013-14… Had 146 points (43g, 103a) and 141 penalty minutes in 317 career American Hockey League (AHL) games entering 2013- 14… Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft… Spent three seasons with Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Albany from 2006- 09… Was a teammate of Hurricanes captain Eric Staal and alternate captain Jordan Staal during his junior career with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
2001- 02: Earned five points (1g, 4a) in 57 games as a 16-year-old during his rookie season with Peterborough (OHL)… Appeared in six playoff games for the Petes, as Peterborough was eliminated by Ottawa in the opening round.
2002-03: Was second among Peterborough defensemen in scoring with 29 points (5g, 24a) in 68 games played… Had a goal and two assists (3 points) during Peterborough’s seven-game, first-round loss to Oshawa.
2003-04: Ranked eighth among OHL defensemen in scoring with 44 points (15g, 29a) in 68 games for Peterborough… Was fifth among league defensemen and tied for fourth among Petes skaters in goals (15)… Marked the second consecutive season in which he played all 68 games for Peterborough.
2004-05: Ranked tied for sixth among OHL defensemen in assists (38) and 11th among league defensemen in scoring (42 points) during his final year of junior hockey… Had nine points (2g, 7a) in 14 playoff games as Peterborough defeated Belleville and Toronto before falling to Ottawa in the conference finals… Concluded his junior career with 25 goals, 95 assists (120 points) in 253 regular-season games.
2005-06: Completed his first professional season, spending most of the season with Dayton of the ECHL… Led Dayton defensemen in goals (11) and was second among team blueliners in points (25) in 50 games for the Bombers… Also played nine games for Syracuse (AHL), totaling two points (1g, 1a)… Was selected as an American Conference All-Star for the ECHL All-Star Game on 1/25 in Fresno, CA.
2006-07: Split the season between Syracuse and Albany in the AHL… Had two points (1g, 1a) in eight games prior to his trade to Carolina on 11/29… Was assigned to Albany after the trade, and notched 10 points (3g, 7a) in 36 games for the River Rats.
2007-08: Ranked second in scoring among Albany defensemen with 22 points (10g, 12a), despite playing in just 53 of the team’s 80 regular-season games… Played in his 100th career AHL game vs. Philadelphia (2/16)… Suffered an injury vs. Binghamton (2/27) and missed the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.
2008-09: Was third among Albany defensemen in scoring with 31 points (6g, 25a) in 76 games… Has six multi-point efforts.
2009-10: Appeared in his first NHL season, playing six games for the New York Islanders, earning one assist… Also skated in 61 games for Bridgeport (AHL), totaling 33 points (10g, 23a)… Made his NHL debut vs. CGY (3/25)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist vs. NYR (3/30)… Had seven multi-point games for Bridgeport, including a three-point effort (1g, 2a) at Hartford (2/13)… Led Bridgeport defensemen in goals (10) and points (33)… Played in five AHL playoff games, earning two assists as Bridgeport fell to eventual Calder Cup champion Hershey in the opening round.
2010-11: Established AHL career highs in goals (11), assists (29) and points (40), skating in 63 games for Manitoba… Led Moose defensemen and ranked tied for 16th among AHL defensemen in scoring… Was third among all Manitoba skaters in points… Had nine multi-point games, including a three point effort (1g, 2a) vs. Peoria (11/27)… Earned six assists in 14 playoff games as Manitoba topped Lake Erie before falling to Hamilton in the second round.
2011-12: Established NHL career highs in games played (33), goals (3), assists (4) and points (7) with the Winnipeg Jets… Also appeared in 11 AHL games with St. John’s, earning six points (1g, 5a)… Made his Winnipeg debut at NYI (11/3)… Beat Martin Brodeur for his first NHL goal and earned an assist for his first multi-point game at NJ (11/5)… Opened the scoring with his second NHL goal at BUF (11/8)… Scored the game-winning goal at TB (11/14).