Spent entire season in NHL for first time in professional career; saw action in career-high 63 games, including season-high 22 straight December 4-January 18…Established career high with 2g-8a-10pts overall (6pts, ‘07-08); totals included points in career-high three straight games December 16-19 (1g-2a-3pts)…Appeared in his 100th career NHL game/posted goal December 26 at Washington…Posted first goal of season December 19 at Atlanta for first NHL tally since November 23, 2007 at Atlanta…Recorded first point of campaign with assist October 24 at Pittsburgh for first career power play point/first point since assist January 29, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh…Made season debut October 3 vs. Philadelphia; contest marked his first NHL appearance since March 22, 2008…Missed 5 games January 20-27 with lower body injury…Made his NHL playoff debut in game one of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Philadelphia.
2008-09: Completed third season as a pro/with organization …Spent entire regular-season with AHL Devils; finished third on squad with 15g-23a-38pts and 78 penalty minutes in 75 appearances…Totals included season-high four-game pointscoring streak February 14-20 (2g-5a-7pts)…Recorded seven multiple-point games overall, including three season-high threepoint efforts: three goals January 24 vs. Worcester, 2g-1a November 22 vs. Norfolk and 1g-2a February 15 vs. Portland…Missed game December 12 at Providence due to onegame suspension for December 6 fighting incident vs. Portland…Also missed four contests November 5-11 due to injury…Recalled from Lowell upon completion of regular-season April 13, but did not see any playoff action…2007-08: Split campaign between New Jersey/Lowell (AHL); played in 58 NHL contests as a rookie…Appeared in four straight NHL matches March 15-22 for first appearances since February 6 at Buffalo…Was recalled from Lowell March 3; AHL totals showed 2g-1a-3pts and 18 PIM in 11 games played…Played in career-high 54 straight NHL games to start campaign…Stats included his first career gamewinning goal November 23 at Atlanta and first career NHL goal November 8 vs. Philadelphia (M. Biron)…Recorded first career point with assist October 20 at NY Islanders…One of four rookies on Devils’ opening night roster (N. Bergfors, D. Clarkson & A. Greene)…2006-07: Saw action in 74 games during first pro season, including 65 appearances with Lowell and nine matches with NJD…Lowell totals showed 17g-12a-29pts and 35 PIM…Not drafted; signed free-agent contract July 17, 2006…OTHER: Played four seasons at Ohio State University (CCHA); compiled 47g-41a- 88pts in 165 games with Buckeyes…Totals showed career-high 22g- 19a-41pts during junior season…OSU teammates included goaltender D. Caruso, who had spent time with Lowell and Trenton (ECHL)…Named to 2005 CCHA Second All-Star Team, as well as 2004 CCHA All-Tournament Team…Played in 2002 BCJHL All-Star Game; also named to 2002 BCJHL Interior Conference First All-Star Team.
Spent his summer traveling between New Jersey and Deer Lake, Nfld…Lists his coaches at Ohio State as having the greatest impact on developing his game…Says his first hockey memory was traveling to the rink with his father when he was five-years-old…First job was working as a “Sandwich Artist” at Subway…Lists Wayne Gretzky and Joe Sakic as people he would like to play a round of golf with…Enjoys the TV show Ice Road Truckers…Was college roommate and best man at the wedding of Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler.
1st NHL GP: 2/1/07, NJ 6 @ Phi. 5 • 1st NHL Goal: 11/8/07, Phi. 1 @ NJ 4 vs. M. Biron • 1st NHL Assist: 10/20/07, NJ 3 @ NYI 4 • 100th NHL GP: 12/26/09, NJ 1 @ Wsh. 4 • Most Goals in Game: 1; 4 times, last time 12/26/09, NJ 1 @ Wsh. 4 • Most Assists in Game: 1; 12 times, last time 4/10/10, NYI 1 @ NJ 7 • Most Pts. in Game: 1; 16 times, last time 4/10/10, NYI 1 @ NJ 7 (1a) • Most PIM in Game: 5; 7 times, last time 4/10/10, NYI 1 @ NJ 7 (maj.) • Most Shots in Game: 5; 12/19/09, NJ 5 @ Atl. 4 • GP Streak: 54; 10/4/07-2/6/08 • Goal-Scoring Streak: 1; 4 times, last time 12/26/09 (1g) • Assist-Scoring Streak: 2; 12/16-18/09 (2a) • Point-Scoring Streak: 3; 12/16- 19/09 (1g-2a-3pts) • Penalties: 12 min., 7 maj. • Multiple-Pt. Games: none