2008-09 SEASON: Skated in 77 games with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 25 goals and 54 assists for 79 points, along with 60 penalty minutes. ... Established career-highs in assists and points. ... Ranked among the league leaders in several statistical categories, ranking fourth in assists, tied for seventh in points and tied for 13th in power play goals (13). ... Also tied for the AHL lead with 29 power play assists. ... Led the Aeros in assists, points and power play goals, and finished second on the team in goals. ... Recorded a team-high, 23 multi-point performances, including a four-point effort on Oct. 18 vs. San Antonio (two goals and two assists) … Registered a career-high, 10-game scoring streak from Mar. 1 at Milwaukee to Mar. 25 at Milwaukee, collecting 12 points (four goals and eight assists) over the span. ... Selected to participate in the AHL All-Star Classic for the second consecutive season and third time in his career. ... Also established career-highs in playoff goals (12) and playoff points (23) … Made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 8 against Chicago.