Signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent on April 8, 2011.
2011-12: Played the majority of his rookie season in Rochester, recording eight assists and 21 PIM in 53 games with the Amerks… Appeared in six games with the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators, scoring one goal and adding two assists… Scored his first professional goal in his first career multi-point game (1+1) at Kalamazoo on 2/18… Missed three games (2/08-2/11) with an injury… Scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout to lift Rochester to a 4-3 win at Grand Rapids on 1/21… Collected an assist and was +1 against Hamilton on 1/14… Recorded 10 PIM in two fights in his return to the lineup at Hamilton on 12/11… Missed five games (12/02-12/10) with an illness… Recorded his first professional point with an assist against Grand Rapids on 10/16… Made his pro/AHL debut at Hamilton on 10/08
2010-11: Made professional debut with the Portland Pirates (AHL) on 4/08 at Providence… Was a point-per-game player in the 2011 OHL Playoffs, collecting seven points (2+5) in as many games… Had a breakout year with Erie (OHL), capturing career-highs in all offensive categories in goals (41), assists (37), points (78) and games played (66) to finish third on the team in scoring… His 41 goals were the ninth most in the league, 11 of which came on the power-play and four that were shorthanded, a team-best for the second straight season… Averaged 1.18 points per game and had a plus-19 on-ice rating… Had the OHL’s eighth best shootout percentage with a .667 efficiency rate (two goals on three attempts)… Recorded 25 points (13+12) during an OHL career-best 14-game point streak (12/31-2/16)… Appeared in 200th career OHL game at Kitchener on 10/11… Participated in the Ottawa Senators Training Camp… 2009-10: Contributed five points (1+4) in five postseason appearances… Posted his second consecutive 20-goal season en route to finishing the campaign sixth on the team with 48 points (21+27) in 65 games with the Otters… Nine of his 21 goals were on special teams, including five on the power-play and a team-high four shorthanded markers, which were the second most among league leaders… Had the OHL’s fifth best shootout percentage with a .667 efficiency rate (two goals on three attempts)… Racked up a personal-best 90 PIM… Had a career-high 11-game point-scoring streak (8+9) end 2/28 vs. Kitchener… Collected his 100th OHL point with a goal on 2/04 at Brampton… Had a three-point night (1+2) on 12/31 at Niagara… Scored the shootout winner on 10/17 vs. Owen Sound… 2008-09: Scored three goals in five OHL postseason games… Was Erie’s fifth most productive forward in the regular season after recording 46 points (23+23) in 61 outings… His six power-play tallies were the second most on the team… Netted his second career hat trick on 1/30 vs. Oshawa... Played his 100th career game on 1/30 vs. Kitchener... Registered his first career hat trick on 11/05 vs. Barrie… 2007-08: Had a productive rookie season, finishing second among Erie’s first-year players with 25 points (6+19) in 66 games with the Otters… Scored his first career OHL goal at Owen Sound on 10/27… Registered his first career OHL assist at Owen Sound on 10/26… Made his Otters/OHL debut at Windsor on 9/21… INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Represented the United States at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in August in Slovakia and the Czech Republic