Completed fourth season with organization…Spent entire year in NHL for first time in career; 61 games played/55 straight appearances October 24-March 5 were NHL career highs…Games-played total was second among the club’s first-year players; joined rookies N. Bergfors (54 games), M. Corrente (12), P. Davis (8), T. Eckford (3), M. Halischuk (20), P.L. Letourneau- Leblond (27), N. Palmieri (6), T. Sestito (9) and V. Zharkov (40)…Recorded first career assist October 31 at Tampa Bay…Made season-debut/notched first career goal/point October 24 at Pittsburgh…Activated/removed from Injured Reserve List October 23; missed first eight contests of season October 3-22 (head area)…Wore no. 2 in regular-season after wearing no. 33 in training camp…Made his pro playoff debut in game three of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Philadelphia.
2008-09: Appeared in 74 games with Lowell (AHL) for last minor league action of career…Recorded 3g-14a-17pts overall; totals included season-high two assists January 11 at Providence…Finished third on AHL Devils with 152 penalty minutes; PIM total was the most of his threeseason AHL career…Missed 3 games March 6-10 as the result of a suspension for game misconduct incident March 1 at Portland…Wore no. 6 after wearing no. 5 the previous season…2007-08: Seventy-nine games played were the most of his pro career; only game missed was February 29 at Portland…Posted AHL career-high 1g-17a- 18pts overall; totals included points in back-to-back games four times, most recently March 28-29 (2a)…2006- 07: Split first full pro season between Lowell (71 games) and New Jersey; appeared in seven NHL contests over three stints January 6-February 17…American League totals showed assist/points in back-to-back games April 7- 11 (2a)…Notched first career pro goal October 8 vs. Springfield goaltender/former New Jersey netminder S. Burke…OTHER: Made pro debut with Albany (AHL) in 2005- 06…New Jersey’s third choice and 84th overall selection in 2005; NHL’s Entry Draft took place in his hometown of Ottawa, Ont…Played junior hockey at Kitchener (OHL); teammates included D. Clarkson and P. Davis.
Spends his summers in hometown of Ottawa, Ont…Father, Hugh, is an Ontario Court Justice and former Canadian Olympian, who participated in the men’s 4x100 meter relay at the 1976 Olympic Summer Games in Montreal…Lists Good Will Hunting as his favorite movie and Seinfeld as his favorite show…Is involved with the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Foundation in support of the Blackburn Minor Hockey Association in Ontario…First job was working in retail at SportChek, and claims he “could sell running shoes to anyone”…Lists scoring his first NHL goal as his most memorable hockey moment.
1st NHL GP: 1/6/07, NJ 3 @ Ott. 2 • 1st NHL Goal: 10/24/09, NJ 4 @ Pit. 1 vs. M.A. Fleury • 1st NHL Assist: 10/31/09, NJ 2 @ TB 1 (SO) • Most Goals in Game: 1; 3/2/10, NJ 4 @ SJ 3; 12/21/09, NJ 4 @ Pit. 0; 10/24/09, NJ 4 @ Pit. 1 • Most Assists in Game: 1; 2/10/10, Phi. 3 @ NJ 2 (OT); 12/18/09, Ott. 2 @ NJ 4; 10/31/09, NJ 2 @ TB 1 (SO) • Most Pts. in Game: 1; 6 times, last time 3/2/10, NJ 4 @ SJ 3 (1g) • Most PIM in Game: 7; 12/4/09, TB 2 @ NJ 3 (min., maj.) • Most Shots in Game: 2; 4/6/10, NJ 3 @ Atl. 0; 2/10/10, Phi. 3 @ NJ 2 (OT) • GP Streak: 55; 10/24/09-3/5/10 • Goal-Scoring Streak: 1; 3/2/10 (1g); 12/21/09 (1g); 10/24/09 (1g) • Assist-Scoring Streak: 1; 2/10/10 (1a); 12/18/09 (1a); 10/31/09 (1a) • Point-Scoring Streak: 1; 6 times, last time 3/2/10 (1g- 0a-1pt) • Penalties: 9 min., 5 maj. • Multiple-Pt. Games: None