|BIRTHPLACE:||Grand Rapids, MI, USA|
|DRAFTED:||CAR: 2007-72 overall|
Completed his fourth NHL season with Carolina, totaling five points (3g, 2a) in 37 games… Played for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) during the NHL work stoppage, and ranked second on the team in goals (14) and sixth in points (22) in 37 AHL games prior to his recall… Scored goals in eight consecutive games for Charlotte from 10/19-11/4, including a two-goal effort at Rockford (10/20)… Had three multi-point games on the AHL level… Made his NHL season debut at FLA (1/19)… Earned his first NHL point of season with an assist at OTT (2/7)… Scored his first NHL goal of season vs. TB (2/23)… Had his first NHL fight, sparring with Steve Olesky, during the third period at WSH (3/12)… Played his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game at WPG (3/30)… Suffered a lower-body injury vs. PIT (4/9) and missed the remainder of the season (9 games)… Was a healthy extra for two games (2/26, 3/26).
Is in his fifth NHL season with the Hurricanes… Signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes on 7/23/12… Was born in Michigan but raised in Littleton, CO… Had notched 56 goals and 54 assists (110 points) in 186 career AHL games entering 2013-14… Concluded his junior hockey career with 130 goals, 112 assists (242 points) and 275 penalty minutes in 265 games in the Western Hockey League (WHL)… Averaged more than a point per game in 39 career WHL playoff games, tallying 21 goals and 19 assists, and won the 2008 Memorial Cup Championship with Spokane… Finished his Spokane career ranked sixth in franchise history in goals (130) and 11th all-time in points (242).
2005-06: Was Spokane’s Rookie of the Year as a 16-year-old in 2005-06, notching 17 goals and 34 points in 72 games… Became the first 16-year-old to notch double-digit goals for Spokane since 1998.
2006-07: Totaled 24 goals and 19 assists (43 points) in 61 regular-season games with Spokane… Ranked fourth among Chiefs skaters in goals and sixth in total scoring in his second full season of major junior hockey… Played in the CHL’s Top Prospects Game in January 2007… Saw his first postseason action for Spokane, scoring two goals and earning five assists (7 points) in six playoff games.
2007-08: Led Spokane and ranked tied for 10th in the WHL in scoring during the regular season with 42 goals and 40 assists (82 points) in 66 games… Was the first Spokane skater since 1998 to net 40 goals… Scored nine game-winning goals and was second in the WHL with 17 power-play goals… Ranked eighth in the league in plus/minus (+32)… Was named the WHL’s Player of the Month in November after scoring 13 goals and earning 11 assists (24 points) and being named the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks during the month… Had a career- and team-high 11-game point streak from 10/28-11/24 (14g, 11a)… Was tied for third among all WHL skaters in scoring during the playoffs with 20 points, and second only to fellow Hurricanes prospect Zach Boychuk in playoff goals with 11, leading Spokane to the WHL Championship… Was the leading goal scorer during the 2008 Memorial Cup, with six goals in four games… Had a hat trick and an assist in Spokane’s Memorial Cup opener against Belleville, a 5-4 overtime win… Notched the game-winning goal in Spokane’s 4-1 victory in the Memorial Cup championship game against Kitchener, and was named to the tournament’s All-Star Team.
2008-09: Led Spokane (WHL) in scoring for the second consecutive season, totaling 83 points (47g, 36a) in 62 games… Ranked fourth in the WHL in goals (47) and 14th in the league in points (83)… Became the first Chief since 1994 to score 40 goals in back-to-back seasons… Was twice named the WHL’s Player of the Week (2/2 and 3/16)… Netted a career-high four goals in a 5-2 win vs. Kamloops (2/25), his third hat trick of the season and sixth of his junior career… Had 32 goals and 49 points in the final 30 games of the regular season… Had 21 multi-point games, including two five-point nights and four four-point games… Led the Chiefs in postseason scoring with eight goals and 13 points in 12 playoff games.
2009-10: Completed his first professional season, splitting the year between Albany (AHL) and Carolina (NHL)… Skated in nine games with Carolina, scoring two goals… Was tied for fourth among River Rats with 17 goals in 56 AHL games… Scored his first professional goal (and point) in Albany’s season opener vs. Manchester (10/3)… Made his NHL debut vs. ATL (1/16)… Beat Antero Niittymaki for his first NHL goal and point, and added a second goal for his first career multi-point game, at TB (4/6)… Led Albany in playoff assists (6) and was tied for the team lead in scoring (9 points), playing in all eight of the River Rats’ Calder Cup Playoff contests.
2010-11: Skated in 23 NHL games with Carolina, notching one assist… Had 30 points (12g, 18a) in 51 AHL regular-season games with Charlotte… Made his season debut in the Hurricanes’ opening game against MIN (10/7) in the first game of the 2010 NHL Premiere in Helsinki… Earned his first career NHL assist vs. MTL (3/30)… Earned eight points (2g, 6a), skating in 15 of Charlotte’s 16 Calder Cup Playoff games as the Checkers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final… Was tied for third on the team in assists (6) and tied for fifth among Checkers in points (8).
2011-12: Established NHL career highs in games played (37), goals (6), assists (7) and points (13), in four stints with the Hurricanes… Skated in 42 AHL games with the Checkers, totaling 26 points (13g, 13a)… Scored two goals, his second career NHL two-goal game vs. VAN (12/15)… Scored two goals and added an assist for his first career three-point game at MIN (3/17)… Missed three NHL games due to illness.