Split second pro season between Lowell (AHL) and New Jersey (NHL) after attending fourth NHL training camp…Assigned to Lowell September 24; began campaign on team’s development roster…Recalled to New Jersey/assigned to Lowell on four occasions during regular-season: November 11/December 28, December 29/January 6, January 7/19 and February 12/14…Saw action in 12 NHL contests, including time spent as forward…Made NHL debut November 21 at Dallas; saw action in season/career-high six straight appearances through December 4…One of five New Jersey first-round selections on team’s end-of season roster; joined M. Brodeur (‘90), B. Rolston (’91), Z. Parise (’03) and T. Zajac (’04)…Played in 43 AHL games overall, including seasonhigh 15 straight appearances from October 3 seasonopener at Bridgeport through November 8 at Bridgeport …Finished fourth among Lowell defensemen/14th on squad with 5g-15a-20pts; 15 assists/20 points were career highs…Totals included season-high four-game pointscoring streak October 16-23 (1g-3a-4pts); recorded three season-high two-point games, most recently 2a February 6 vs. Portland…Made NHL playoff debut in game two of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Philadelphia; recalled by New Jersey April 13.
Spent entire first professional season with Lowell (AHL); saw action in 67 games…Finished third among Devils’ defensemen/16th on club with 6g-12a-18pts…Totals included two two-point contests, most recently two assists November 29 at Portland…Recorded points in back-toback games three times, most recently March 29-April 1 (1g-1a-2pts)…Finished second on team (P.L. Letourneau- Leblond, 216) with 161 penalty minutes…OTHER: Played fourth/final season of junior hockey in 2007-08 with Niagara (OHL); teammates included Albany’s (AHL) M. Swift…Signed first pro contract June 13, 2007, upon completion of junior season; split 2006-07 campaign between Saginaw (OHL) and Mississauga (OHL)…Spent first two OHL seasons with Spirit…New Jersey’s first selection, 30th overall in 2006 NHL Entry Draft, marking only time club has ever selected last in first round.
Spends his summers in hometown of Mississauga, Ont…Brother, David, plays for the OHL’s St. Michael’s Majors…Earliest hockey memory was at age six, when he forgot to take his skate guards off prior to taking warm-up at his first game…Favorite TV show is Entourage, and movie is Anchorman…Volunteered at a warehouse that distributed canned food and clothes to international charities while in high school… Lists his all-time favorite Christmas gift as a hockey net he received at age five.
1st NHL GP: 11/21/09, NJ 3 @ Dal. 5 • 1st NHL Goal: None • 1st NHL Assist: None • Most Goals in Game: None • Most Assists in Game: None • Most Pts. in Game: None • Most PIM in Game: 10; 12/4/09, TB 2 @ NJ 3 (2 maj.)• Most Shots in Game: 2; 2/12/10, Nsh. 2 @ NJ 5; 11/21/09, NJ 3 @ Dal. 5 • GP Streak: 6; 11/21-12/4/09 • Goal-Scoring Streak: None • Assist-Scoring Streak: None • Point-Scoring Streak: None • Penalties: 2 min., 4 maj. • Multiple-Pt. Games: None