Is in his fourth professional season after signing as an undrafted free agent with Carolina on 7/21/06… Had 61 points (30g, 31a) in 168 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Albany entering 2009-10… Set AHL career highs in games played (74), goals (11), assists (16), points (27) and penalty minutes (151) in 2007-08... Also played 24 games with Florida of the ECHL in 2006-07, notching 18 points (10g, 8a)… Finished his junior career with Owen Sound with 78 goals and 54 assists for 132 points in 240 games… Ranked third in the OHL in goal-scoring with 53 goals during the 2005-06 season, and was named to the OHL’s First All-Star Team… Also received the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the 2005-06 OHL Humanitarian of the Year… Was voted Most Improved Player in the 2005-06 OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll and finished second in that poll’s voting for Most Underrated Player and Most Dangerous Player in the Goal Area.
2008-09: Scored his first goal of the season vs. Binghamton (10/22)... Scored two goals, including the game-winner vs. Syracuse (11/21)... Tallied three points (2g, 1a) and had a fighting major for a Gordie Howe hat trick, and was (+4) vs. Norfolk (12/5)... Recorded his 50th career AHL point with an assist at Hershey (1/14)... Played in his 150th career AHL game vs. Portland (2/7)... Scored the game-winning goal vs. Springfield (2/13)... Recorded his second Gordie Howe hat trick of the season with a goal, an assist and a fight vs. Lowell (2/14)... Scored goals in consecutive games at Syracuse (2/28) and vs. Norfolk (3/1)... Scored his 15th goal of the year vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3/16)... Suffered a season-ending injury at Providence (3/20).