Is in his sixth professional season... Had played in six career NHL games, earning one assist, entering the 2008-09 season... Totaled 45 goals and 65 assists (110 points) in 202 career AHL games with Manitoba, Bridgeport and Albany heading into this season... Also played in Sweden for part of the 2006-07 season, posting 16 points (6g, 10a) in 19 games for Vaxjo... Totaled 81 goals and 103 assists (184 points) in 177 games during a three-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career with Oshawa... Was ranked tied for tenth in the OHL in scoring in 2002-03 with 88 points (36g, 52a) in 68 games and was named to the OHL’s Second All-Star Team... Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft... Re-entered the draft in 2003 and was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round (111th overall).
2007-08: Completed his fifth professional season, spending most of the year with Albany (AHL), but making his NHL debut with Carolina... Finished the season ranked second among RIver Rats in scoring (48 points), despite playing in just 48 of Albany’s 80 games... Was recalled to Carolina four times, playing in six games for the Hurricanes... Played games on five consecutive nights between Jan. 9 and Jan. 13, alternating between Albany and Carolina due to illness and injuries on the NHL level... Scored in each of his three games for the River Rats during that stretch (2g, 3a)... Made his NHL debut and earned his first NHL point with an assist on Andrew Ladd’s goal, Carolina’s first goal of the game, at TB (12/22)... Recalled from Albany (AHL) for the first time on 12/21... Recorded his 100th career AHL point with an assist vs. Bridgeport (1/19)… Had a 10-game AHL point streak snapped vs. Hartford (1/23)... Scored four points (1 goal, 3 assists) vs. Syracuse (2/1)... Missed the AHL playoffs due to injury.