|BIRTHPLACE:||Airdrie, AB, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||CAR: 2008-14 overall|
|WHL East Second All-Star Team (2007, 2008)|
Completed his fourth NHL season with Carolina, splitting the season between the NHL and AHL levels… Skated in 16 games during two recalls to Carolina, totaling two assists and averaging 8:55 in ice time per game… Had 44 points (21g, 23a) in 64 games with Charlotte on the AHL level, leading the Checkers in goals… Earned his first recall of the season on 10/25 and made his season debut that night vs. OTT… Earned first point of the season with an assist on Pitkanen’s goal at NJ (11/8)… Assisted on Ponikarovsky’s second period goal at NYR (11/11), his second consecutive game with an assist… Assigned to Charlotte (AHL) on 11/21… Recalled from Charlotte for the second time on 2/27… Skated in three games before being reassigned to the Checkers on 3/3… Longest NHL assist streak: 2 games (11/8-11/11: 0g, 2a)… Longest NHL point streak: 2 games (11/8-11/11: 0g, 2a).
Is in his fifth NHL season… Signed a one-year contract with Carolina on 7/24/12… Totaled seven goals and 11 assists in 72 career NHL games with Carolina entering 2012-13… Had 58 goals and 88 assists (146 points) in 178 career AHL regular-season games… Earned 271 points (110g, 161a) in 237 career regular-season Western Hockey League (WHL) games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, good for seventh on Lethbridge’s all-time point list… Had 20 goals and 19 assists (39 points) in 35 career WHL playoff games… Was ranked eighth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting heading into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft… Has represented Canada in a number of international competitions, debuting at the 2006 Under-18 Junior World Cup, when Canada won gold… Represented Canada at the 2007 Under-18 World Junior Championship and the eight-game Canada-Russia Super Series in 2007… Captured gold with Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as the team’s alternate captain at the 2009 World Juniors… Was the youngest player on Team WHL at the 2006 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, and played for Team WHL again at that event in 2007 and 2008.
2005-06: Won the Carl Trentini Memorial Award as Lethbridge’s Rookie of the Year after totaling 51 points (18g, 33a) in 64 games as a 16-year-old.
2006-07: Ranked tied for second in the WHL in scoring with 91 points (31g, 60a) in 69 games as a 17-year-old for Lethbridge… Was named Lethbridge’s team MVP and Most Popular Player as voted by the fans.
2007-08: Ranked second among Lethbridge skaters in scoring with 72 points (33g, 39a), despite playing in just 61 of 72 games… Led the team with a plus-26 plus/minus rating… Ranked 15th in the WHL in goals with 33… Played in the 2008 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, netting two goals and earning Team White Player of the Game honors… Also placed second at that event’s fastest skater competition… Led all WHL skaters in 2008 with 13 playoff goals as Lethbridge won three postseason series and the WHL’s Eastern Conference title before falling to the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL final.
2008-09: Started the season in the NHL with the Hurricanes, playing in two games before returning to his junior team in Lethbridge (WHL)… Made his NHL debut at LA (10/17), becoming the first Hurricanes player since Eric Staal in 2003 to make his NHL debut in his draft year….Had 57 points (28g, 29a) in 43 regular-season games with Lethbridge, and led the team with 13 points (7g, 6a) in 11 playoff contests… Shared the Harry Ingarfield Memorial Award as Lethbridge’s team MVP and won the team’s plus/minus award… Joined Albany at the end of his WHL season, earning one assist in two games… Made his AHL debut and earned his first professional point with an assist at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/10).
2009-10: Established NHL highs in games played (31), assists (6) and points (9)… Had 36 points (15g, 21a) in 52 games on the AHL level with Albany… Scored his first professional goal and had two assists for Albany vs. Portland (10/9)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist on Gleason’s goal at CBJ (11/7)… Beat Martin Brodeur with a backhanded shot for his first NHL goal vs. NJ (2/13)… Earned primary assists on each of Carolina’s first two goals vs. OTT (3/4) for his first NHL multi-point game… Skated in all eight of Albany’s Calder Cup Playoff games, earning five points (2g, 3a)… Scored his first playoff points with a pair of assists at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/18)… Netted the series-clinching goal at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/19).
2010-11: Established a new NHL career high in goals (4) and added three assists (7 points) in 23 games played with the Hurricanes… Led Charlotte skaters in assists (43) and points (65) in 60 games on the AHL level… Ranked 13th in the AHL in points (65) and 17th in assists (43) despite spending significant time on the NHL level… Had a six-game AHL point streak from 10/22-11/3 (3g, 5a)… Earned his second six-game AHL point streak of the season from 11/17-11/28 (2g, 7a)… Had a four-assist AHL game for Charlotte vs. Hershey (12/12)… Made his NHL season debut vs. ANA (12/18)… Earned an assist on the game-winner for his first NHL point of the season at TOR (12/28)… Earned his first career NHL multi-goal effort with a pair of tallies – including the game-winner – at OTT (12/29)… Earned his first professional hat trick with three goals for Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1/23)… Was named the AHL’s Player of the Week for 3/21-3/27, with five goals and five assists (10 points) in four games… Played in all 16 of Charlotte’s Calder Cup Playoff games, and ranked tied for third on the team in scoring with nine points (3g, 6a)… Earned seven points (3g, 4a) in the opening round, as the Checkers topped Hershey in six games.