Buffalo Sabres’ third-round selection (89th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
2011-12: Earned five NHL recalls to the Buffalo Sabres… Registered eight points (3+5) and 20 PIM in 34 games with the Sabres, the most of any Rochester call-up in 2011-12… Appeared in 27 American Hockey League games with the Amerks, collecting 22 points (9+13) and 46 PIM… Captured a team-high eight PIM while skating in all three postseason contests… Made his Amerks playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Toronto on 4/19… Had a three-game point streak (2+3) from 4/08 to 4/13… Posted back-to-back multi-point outings, scoring a pair of goals against Grand Rapids on 4/10 and assisting on a pair of goals versus Syracuse on 4/13… Assisted on a goal in his 100th AHL game at Adirondack on 4/08… Notched three points (2+1) and was +2 against Hershey on 2/22 to earn first star honors… Collected three assists and was +4 against Texas on 2/10… Registered an assist in his return to the lineup at Toronto on 2/08… Missed 11 games (1/13-2/04) with an injury… Recorded an assist in his first game back with the Amerks at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 1/06… Skated in his 100th professional game against Philadelphia on 12/07… Recorded his first NHL assist on Matt Ellis’ goal against Ottawa on 11/11… Scored his first NHL goal against Ondrej Pavelec in Buffalo’s 6-5 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on 11/08… Logged 6:19 of ice time in his NHL debut against the Calgary Flames on 11/04, a 2-1 Buffalo win… Earned his first career NHL recall from the Buffalo Sabres on 11/03… Scored his first two goals of the season, both in the third period, vs. Hamilton on 10/21… Assisted on two goals at Lake Erie on 10/14… Notched his first point as an Amerk with an assist in his Rochester debut at Hamilton on 10/08
2010-11: Recorded seven points (2+5) and 12 PIM in 12 Calder Cup Playoff games with Portland (AHL)… Scored his first career AHL playoff goal on 4/14 in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Semifinals vs. Connecticut… Completed first professional season with 40 points (10+30) in 76 games with the Pirates, the second most among team rookies… Set pro career-highs in goals (10), assists (30), points (40) and penalty minutes (113)… Ranked third on the team in penalty minutes… Finished the regular season tied for the AHL lead in shootout-winning goals with four… Tied Portland’s franchise record for quickest goal, scoring unassisted 13 seconds into the game on 3/22 vs. Worcester… Tallied seven points (1+6) during a five-game point streak from 3/08-3/18… Recorded a single-game career-high three assists on 3/12 vs. Providence… Scored a regulation goal and his fourth shootout game-winner of the season on 3/08 vs. Hershey… Had a four-game assist streak (1+5) from 2/06-2/16… Enjoyed a five-game point streak (3+3) from 11/28-12/10… First professional goal scored on a power-play at Charlotte on 11/03… Tallied his first professional point with an assist on 10/16 vs. Springfield… Made his professional debut vs. Manchester on 10/09… 2009-10: Michigan State University’s (CCHA) most explosive and consistent performer… Earned MSU Team MVP and Outstanding Offensive Player honors and was named a Second Team All-CCHA performer, notching 42 points (20+22) in 37 games... His 50 penalty minutes were the second most among Spartans skaters… Spent the season ranked among national leaders in goals, as well as power-play markers (nine) and game-winning tallies (five)… Had his first collegiate hat trick at Maine on 10/16, scoring shorthanded, power play, and even-strength goals in the contest… Named the CCHA Player of the Week for period ending 10/26/09 after scoring two goals and four assists in three games … Netted his second hat trick of the season against Bowling Green on 12/12… Named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week for period ending 12/14/09 after scoring four goals and two assist in two games… 2008-09: Skated in 21 of 38 games for Michigan State ... Scored three goals and added eight assists, good for the third-highest assist total on the squad… Racked up 45 PIM, the third most among MSU skaters… 2007-08: Appeared in all 42 games in his rookie season... Tallied his first collegiate point, an assist, in the home opener against Colgate on 10/19… Had his first collegiate multiple-point outing against Northern Michigan with his first career collegiate goal and an assist... Earned his first career three-point game with a goal and two assists on 2/01 vs. Nebraska-Omaha… Finished the regular season with a two-point night vs. Bowling Green on 2/29, his fourth multi-point effort of the season… 2006-07: Played in 54 games for the 2007 Clark Cup Champions Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) and was the league's leading playoff scorer with 13 points (4+9) in eight postseason contests... Finished the season as Sioux Falls' leading scorer with 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points... Ranked 10th among USHL forwards in goals... Ranked fifth in the USHL overall with 14 power-play tallies... Tied for eighth in the league with four game-winning goals... Earned the Ron Woody Award as the USHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player… 2005-06: Recorded 15 points on seven goals and eight assists in 46 games during his rookie campaign with Sioux Falls