2008-09: Appeared in his fourth NHL season, his first with Anaheim…played in all 17 remaining games for the Ducks following his Mar. 4 acquisition from Atlanta…recorded five multiple-point games, including four two-assist contests…earned 2-7=9 points in the final 15 games of the season, including his second goal as a Duck in the regular season finale on Apr. 11 @ PHX…won 40-of-61 faceoffs (65.6%) in the last 11 games…had a season-high six shots on net in a 6-5 shootout win, Apr. 2 @ VAN…scored his first goal as a Duck in a 7-2 victory, Mar. 25 @ COL…collected two assists, his first two points as a Duck, Mar. 11 vs. VAN...made his Anaheim debut on Mar. 6 vs. DAL, recording 17:29 TOI…at the time of the trade, ranked second among Atlanta leaders in faceoff percentage (54.6%; 233-for-427) and third in faceoffs won…scored the shootout-winning goal in a 7-6 Atlanta win, Feb. 16 @ LA…picked up 0-2=2 points in a season-high 18:54 TOI, Nov. 2 vs. FLA…earned an assist in his season debut, Oct. 10 vs. WSH…PLAYOFFS: Made his second trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 0-2=2 points in eight games…collected his first career playoff point (assist) in a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the CQF, Apr. 19 @ SJ…added his second career postseason assist in Game 5 of the CSF, May 10 @ DET.
CAREER: Was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (69th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft…was acquired by Atlanta from Pittsburgh with Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito and a first-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis, Feb. 26, 2008…2007-08: Split his third NHL season with Pittsburgh and Atlanta, recording 11-13=24 points in 59 games…scored his first goal as a Thrasher on Mar. 5 vs. CAR and made his Atlanta debut on Feb. 28 vs. NYI…recorded 9-11=20 points in 49 games with Pittsburgh prior to being traded to Atlanta on Feb. 26…established a career high with eight shots on goal, Feb. 9 vs. LA…posted a career-high four-game point streak (2-3=5) from Dec. 20-27…missed the final eight games of the regular season with a knee injury…2006-07: Appeared in his second NHL season with Pittsburgh…made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, playing in four games…ranked 10th on the Penguins in scoring with 18-15=33 points in 61 games…finished the regular season tied for the NHL lead with eight shootout goals…scored on eight-of-14 shootout attempts (57.1%)…recorded the game-deciding goal in three of Pittsburgh’s 10 shootout wins...had a pair of career-high three-point games, including Mar. 29 @ BOS (2-1=3) and Jan. 16 vs. NYI (2-1=3)…scored a goal in a career-high three consecutive games (3-0=3) from Dec. 1-5…appeared in 16 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) prior to his recall, registering 12-12=24 points…2005-06: Appeared in his first NHL season with Pittsburgh, collecting 6-7=13 points in 33 games…set a career high with 20:52 TOI, Feb. 11 @ WSH…was charged with a career-high 12 PIM, Dec. 8, 2005 vs. MIN…posted a season-high three-game point streak (2-2=4) from Nov. 14-19…recorded his first NHL goal against Rick DiPietro in a 5-1 Pittsburgh victory, Nov. 3 vs. NYI…made his NHL debut on Nov. 1 vs. NJ, recording 18:28 TOI in a 4-3 Penguins win…spent the remainder of the regular season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, tallying 24-22=46 points in 48 games…added 2-2=4 points in 11 AHL postseason games…2004-05: Began his professional career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 14-13=27 points in 77 games…finished tied for first in the AHL with five shootout goals during the regular season…made his professional debut on Oct. 13 vs. Manitoba…ranked fourth on the team with 1-6=7 points in 11 Calder Cup Playoff games…Miscellaneous: Appeared in 338 career WHL games with Kamloops and Brandon from 1999-04, scoring 133-153=286 points with 265 PIM…was awarded with the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s leading scorer in 2002-03 after posting 54-54=108 points in 67 games with Kamloops.
PERSONAL: Graduated from Leduc Composite High School (Alberta) in 2001…has a younger sister, Erin…plays golf in the off-season…lists Wayne Gretzky as his favorite player growing up…his favorite hockey memory was playing with Mario Lemeiux with the Penguins during the 2005-06 season…his father, Ivan, is a longtime hockey coach who operates Complete Player, Inc., a skills development company that works with amateur and professional players in Edmonton…his favorite athletes outside of hockey are Tiger Woods and LeBron James…cites his favorite TV show as “Family Guy”…his top restaurant in Orange County is Barolo Italian Café in Tustin.