|BIRTHPLACE:||Utica, NY, USA|
|DRAFTED:||NJD: 2007-79 overall|
|Traded to Minnesota by New Jersey with Kurtis Foster, Stephane Veilleux, Washington's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Raphael Bussieres) in 2012 Entry Draft and future considerations for Marek Zidlicky, February 24, 2012.|
2011-12: Skated in nine games with Wild after being acquired from New Jersey (2/24) and recorded two penalty minutes. ... Made Wild debut vs. San Jose on Feb. 26. ... Tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in 29 games with Devils. 2010-11: Notched 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) and a plus-9 rating in 43 games with New Jersey. ... Finished first among Devils’ rookies with nine goals; was second with 17 points. ... Second on squad and first among forwards with plus-9 mark. His totals included points in back-to-back games twice: March 30-April 1 (one goal, two assists) and Feb. 19-22 (one goal, one assist). ... Recorded lone multiple-point game with two-assist effort March 30 vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Notched first career NHL goal into an empty net Jan. 9 vs. Tampa Bay; was one of three players in team history whose first goal was an empty-netter. Recorded first assist/point of campaign Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota. ... Made 2010-11 NHL debut Jan. 1 at Carolina; did not dress the previous night following Dec. 30 recall from Albany. ... Played in career-high 34 straight contests Jan. 26 through end of regular-season schedule April 10. ... Missed two games January 22-23 with upper body injury. 2009-10: Made NHL debut vs. Florida on Jan. 20, picking up an assist in 12:43 of icetime. ... Saw action in six straight NHL contests until his Jan. 30 reassignment to Lowell.
2011-12: Played in 13 games with Houston and totaled six points (three goals, three assists). ... Picked up 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 25 games with Albany. 2010-11: Tallied 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 26 games with Albany. 2009-10: Ranked third in goals and sixth in scoring for Lowell with 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) in 69 games. ... Goal total ranked tied for fifth among AHL rookies. ... Finished third on Lowell with 21 goals; was sixth with 36 points. ... Totals included season-high five-game point-scoring streak Nov. 8-18 (one goal, four assists), as well as season-high two goals and one assist for three points on Dec. 4 vs. Bridgeport ... Made season debut and posted one assist Oct. 3 at Bridgeport. ... Finished tied for first on squad during Calder Cup Playoffs with one goal and three assists for four points. 2007-08: Made pro debut with AHL’s Lowell Devils March 21, 2008 at Norfolk upon completion of OHL playoffs. ... Scored first pro goal with power play/game-winning tally March 29 vs. Worcester.
Skated four seasons in the OHL with Erie and Belleville. 2008-09: Tallied 17 points (14 goals, three assists) in 17 playoff games for Belleville. ... Ranked tied for second in OHL in playoff goals. 2007-08: Racked up 46 points (28 goals, 18 assists) and 122 PIM for Erie.
Nicknamed “Palms”. ... Spends his summers in Boston. ... Says he would be working with his dad at his construction company if he were not playing hockey. ... First job was the demolition and clean up of buildings for his father. ... Would like to visit Italy. ... Plays guitar and practices at least one hour each day. ... Is inspired by his parents who always helped and encouraged him in everything he did…Proudest accomplishment was playing in his first NHL game in front of his parents and grandparents. ... Played at Lake Placid’s Northwood Prep before entering OHL.
2011: Collected three points (two goals, one assist) in six games for United States at 2011 IIHF World Championship tournament. .
June 23, 2007 -- Selected by New Jersey in the third round, No. 79 overall, of 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Feb. 24, 2012 -- Traded by New Jersey with Kurtis Foster, Stephane Veilleux, 2012 second-round draft pick, and future considerations to Minnesota in exchange for Marek Zidlicky. Feb. 4, 2013 -- Traded by Minnesota with Darroll Powe to N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Mike Rupp.
LONGEST POINT STREAK: 2 from March 30, 2011, to April 1, 2011 (one goal, two assists)
MOST GOALS, GAME: 2 on Nov. 15, 2011 (New Jersey at Boston) (Thomas)
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2, (twice) (last -- Oct. 10, 2011) (New Jersey vs. Carolina)
MOST POINTS, GAME: 2, (three times) (last -- Nov. 15, 2011) (New Jersey at Boston) (two goals)
MOST PIM, GAME: 4 on Oct. 21, 2011 (New Jersey vs. San Jose)
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 5, (twice) (last -- Oct. 22, 2011) (New Jersey at Pittsburgh)
FIRST NHL GAME: Jan. 20, 2010 (New Jersey vs. Florida)
FIRST NHL GOAL: Jan. 9, 2011 (New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay) (empty net)
FIRST NHL ASSIST: Jan. 20, 2010 (New Jersey vs. Florida)