|BIRTHPLACE:||Greenfield Park, QC, CAN|
Completed his third NHL season, splitting the year between Carolina (NHL) and Charlotte (AHL)… Skated in 16 games with the Hurricanes, establishing NHL career highs in goals (2), assists (3) and points (5)… Played 57 AHL games for the Checkers, totaling 37 points (20g, 17a) and 26 penalty minutes… Was named to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic but was unable to participate due to being on NHL recall with the Hurricanes… Recalled from Charlotte (AHL) on 1/10…Made his NHL season debut, scored his first career NHL/Hurricanes goal and was named second star vs. PHI (1/10)… Suffered an upper-body injury vs. BOS (1/14) and missed the following five games… Reassigned to Charlotte on 1/31… Recalled from Charlotte for the second time of the season on 2/12… Earned an assist on Tlusty’s second-period goal at NYI (2/18)… Netted a first-period goal vs. ANA (2/23)… Earned an assist on Faulk’s first-period, power-play goal vs. FLA (2/25)… Assisted on Tlusty’s first-period goal at WSH (3/6)… Reassigned to Charlotte for the balance of the season on 3/17… Games missed due to injury: 5 (Upper Body: 1/15-1/23)… Was a healthy extra for two games (3/3, 3/15)… Longest point streak: 2 games (2/23-2/25: 1g, 1a).
Originally signed by the Hurricanes as an undrafted free agent in July 2007… Signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes on July 20, 2012… Totaled 262 points (126g, 136a) in 319 career American Hockey League (AHL) games entering the 2012-13 season.
2004-05: Earned 17 points (6g, 11a) in 63 games during his first season of junior hockey with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
2005-06: Ranked eighth among Moncton skaters in points (52) and seventh in goals (20) in 62 regular-season games… Team was coached by Ted Nolan and included future NHL players Keith Yandle, Brad Marchand and Philippe Dupuis… Was tied for sixth on the team in playoff scoring with 18 points (6g, 12a), helping the Wildcats capture the QMJHL Championship (President’s Cup) and a berth in the Memorial Cup… Won the George Parsons Trophy (sportsmanship) at the Memorial Cup… Past winners of the Parsons Trophy include Dale Hawerchuk, Jarome Iginla and Ray Whitney.
2006-07: Ranked eighth in the QMJHL in goals (44), 15th in assists (55) and 10th in scoring with 99 points, splitting his final season of junior hockey between Moncton and Val-d’Or… Ranked second among QMJHL skaters in goals (14) and fifth in points (26) during the 2007 QMJHL playoffs, helping Val-d’Or advance to the President’s Cup Final before falling to Lewiston… Completed his three-year junior hockey career with 70 goals, 98 assists (168 points) and 104 penalty minutes in 196 regular-season games and 49 points (21g, 28a) in 53 career QMJHL playoff games.
2007-08: Completed his first professional season, spending the entire year with Albany (AHL)… Made his AHL debut in Albany’s season opener at Binghamton (10/6), scoring his first professional goal, which was Albany’s first goal of the season… Earned his first professional assist and had his first multi-point effort vs. Manchester (10/19)… Netted his 20th goal of the season with a power-play tally vs. Bridgeport (2/22)… Played in all seven of Albany’s Calder Cup playoff games, earning a goal and an assist in his AHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. Philadelphia (4/16).
2008-09: Reached the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive AHL season, totaling 22 goals and 32 assists (54 points) in 70 games with Albany… Was tied for team lead in points (54)… Played his 100th career AHL game and scored a goal vs. Rochester (1/24)… Extended his point streak to a team-season-high seven games with a goal at Syracuse (2/28)… Scored his 20th goal of the season vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3/16).
2009-10: Skated in his first NHL season, earning two assists in seven games on the NHL level… Led Albany in goals (37), assists (41) and points (78)… Was tied for second in the AHL in goals (37) and tied for fourth in points (78)… Was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team… Recalled to the NHL for the first time on 1/7… Made his NHL debut and earned an assist during his first shift on Rod Brind’Amour’s goal at NSH (1/7)… Had a four-point night (1g, 3a) for Albany vs. Binghamton (3/2), also extending his point streak to a team-season-high eight games… Was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 7, after totaling seven points (3g, 4a) in three games… Earned his first career professional hat trick and added an assist at Adirondack (3/24)… Was honored as the AHL’s Player of the Month for March, after notching 24 points (10g, 14a) in 12 games for the Rats… Skated in Carolina’s final game of the year at BOS (4/10), before being reassigned to Albany for the playoffs… Played all eight of Albany’s Calder Cup Playoff games, sharing the team lead with nine points (6g, 3a)… Had a six-game playoff point streak from 4/18 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton until the Rats’ playoff finale vs. Hershey (4/29).
2010-11: Earned two points (0g, 2a) in 23 NHL games with the Hurricanes, establishing a career high for NHL games played in a season… Totaled 54 points (26g, 28a) in 53 games for Charlotte on the AHL level… Ranked fifth in the AHL in shots (245), despite not playing in the league from 2/12 until the season’s conclusion… Was tied for first among Charlotte Checkers skaters in game-winning goals (4)… Scored the first game-winning goal in Charlotte’s AHL history at Springfield (10/10)… Played in his first career AHL All-Star Game at Hershey (1/31)… Recalled to the NHL on 2/13, and remained with the Hurricanes for the rest of the season… Led Charlotte with 26 goals and 54 points, and was tied for first on the team with 28 assists at the time of his recall… Ranked first in AHL in shots (245), third in goals (26) and fourth in points (54) at the time of his recall… Earned his first NHL point of the season with an assist on Dwyer’s goal vs. NJ (2/19).