Currently playing his freshman season at the University of Minnesota. 2012-13: Made his collegiate hockey debut on Oct. 12 vs. Michigan State. Ranked second on the team among freshman defensemen in goals, assists, and points. Registered two points (one goal, one assist), including his first collegiate goal/assist/point, on Oct. 13 vs. Michigan State. Recorded an assist on Feb. 8 at St. Cloud State.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CAREER
2011-12: Established USHL career-highs in games played (60), assists (19), points (23), and penalty minutes (36) with the U.S. National Under-18 Team. ... Tied for seventh on the team in assists ... Tied for third among team defensemen in points and ranked fourth in assists.
2012: Helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the Under-18 World Championship, recording one assist, 10 shots on goal and a plus-10 rating in six tournament contests. ... Led all tournament skaters with a plus-10 rating.
Possesses impressive size and physical strenth. ... Is an exceptional skater. ... Displays the qualities of a shutdown NHL defenseman. ... Above average backwards skater with an above average shot.
Entered the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ranked 19th overall among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting Rankings. ... Committed to the University of Minnesota for the fall of 2012. ... Lists skating in the Minnesota State Tournament in 2010 with Lakeville North High as his favorite hockey memory. ... His grandfather, Stan, was a collegiate football star for the University of Minnesota in the early 1960s. ... Is a fan of Jessica Alba and singer Carrie Underwood. ... Also enjoys playing golf and football.
“He has NHL size and strength and is an above average NHL skater right now. He has the potential to be a shutdown defensemen.” — Amateur Scout, Tom Thompson
“Skating and size are his biggest attributes. He has solid shutdown type qualities and plays with some edge. He is a possible top-4 shutdown guy.” — Amateur Scout, Kevin Maxwell
June 22, 2012 –- Selected by the Rangers in the first round, No. 28 overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.