2008-09: Appeared in his first full NHL season…recorded five multiple-point games (four multi-assist)…finished tied for seventh among league rookies in assists and tied for fourth in points-per-game (.67)…with teammate Bobby Ryan, led all rookie duos from the same team in both points (39-50=89) and points-per-game (.79)…finished the season having recorded points in seven of his last 11 games (3-6=9)…also earned 6-17=23 points in his last 32 games and 7-21=28 in his last 39…recorded a +10 rating over his last 27 games of the season…set a single-game career-best for points in a game with three on three separate occasions: Feb. 15 vs. ATL (1-2=3 with a +3 rating), Feb. 28 @ DAL (1-2=3 with a +2 rating) and Mar. 25 @ COL (1-2=3)…finished the season just two assists shy of the club rookie record (Ryan and Beauchemin, 26)…scored his eighth goal of the season, Apr. 10 vs. DAL…recorded a season-high tying three-game point streak, Mar. 22-25 (2-3=5)…logged a season-high 17:45 TOI, Feb. 26 @ BOS…registered a season-high five shots on net, Feb. 11 vs. CGY…recorded 1-1=2 points on four shots, Jan. 9 vs. TB…had a season-high three-game point streak, Jan. 27-Feb. 2 (0-3=3)…scored his first career NHL goal (PPG), Jan. 2 vs. PHI (Martin Biron)…earned his first two NHL points with a two-assist effort (0-2=2), Dec. 22 @ CGY…made his season debut on Dec. 22 @ VAN after being recalled from Iowa on Dec. 22…went scoreless on three shots in 13:08 TOI…in 28 games with the Chops, collected 10-19=29 points with a +9 rating and six penalty minutes (PIM)…at the time of his recall, led the Chops in points, assists and plus/minus, and ranked second in goals…recorded a season-high eight-game point streak from Nov. 26-Dec. 12, scoring 3-10=13 points with a +7 rating…PLAYOFFS: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, appearing in all 13 Anaheim contests…collected an assist in Game 5 of the CSF, May 10 @ DET…also won five-of-seven faceoffs (71%)…scoreless in a career high 19:46 TOI in Game 2 of the CSF, May 3 @ DET…collected an assist in Game 5 of the CQF, Apr. 25 @ SJ…scored his first career playoff goal in Game 2 of the CQF, Apr. 19 @ SJ.
CAREER: Signed a two-year contract extension through the 2009-10 season, June 11, 2008…2007-08: Made his NHL debut, appearing in three contests with Anaheim…was recalled from Portland (AHL) on Feb. 21, 2008…appeared in his first NHL game, Feb. 22 vs. STL…registered two shots on goal while logging 11:57 TOI with a +1 rating…reassigned to Portland on Feb. 26…led the Pirates in scoring, establishing career highs in assists and points…finished sixth in the AHL in assists and tied for 11th in overall scoring…helped Portland to a Eastern Conference Final appearance, recording 6-11=17 points in 18 Calder Cup Playoff contests…2006-07: Made his professional debut with Binghamton (AHL), leading the Senators in assists and finishing second on the club in points…2005-06: Completed his senior season at the University of Michigan (CCHA), establishing career highs in goals and points…served as the Wolverines captain…appeared in 41 games, scoring 14-28=42 points with 25 PIM…received Michigan's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award from the Big Ten Conference...was also named a finalist for the CCHA Best Defensive Forward…2004-05: Scored 6-31=37 points in 40 appearances…helped lead the Wolverines to the CCHA title…2003-04: In his sophomore season with Michigan, finished second on the club in scoring, tallying 9-29=38 points with 56 PIM…finished the season tied for 10th in the CCHA in scoring…2002-03: made his collegiate debut, recording 9-18=27 points…in 167 career CCHA games, earned 38-106=144 points with 131 PIM.
Personal: Holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, graduating in 2006 before turning pro…enjoys playing golf in the offseason…spent three weeks in Italy in the summer 2007, visiting his girlfriend while she was studying abroad…loves the Sweet Pig Pizza at B.J.’s Pizza in Newport Beach…lists his favorite television show as “Lost”…admired former NHL-er Theoren Fleury and was a big fan of the Calgary Flames growing up…stocked the shelves of Coopers Grocery at Vernon, British Columbia for his first job…enjoys cooking sesame chicken and grilling steaks on the barbeque.