2007-08: Appeared in 69 games for Columbus, recording 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points, along with 22 penalty minutes...Ranked fifth on the club in goals...Established a career high 109 shots...Ranked second on the Blue Jackets and tied a personal best with four gamewinning goals...Posted three multiple point games...Had a three-game point streak from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14...Tied a career high two assists twice, the most recent Mar. 18 vs. Calgary...Tied a personal best five penalty minutes twice, the most recent Feb. 17 at St. Louis...Tied for third on Columbus for goals at home (8)...Recorded a season-high five shots on Dec. 8 vs. Minnesota
NHL CAREER: Has appeared in 206 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, registering 29 goals and 34 assists for 63 points, along with 91 penalty minutes. 2003-04: Skated in 19 games with Columbus, tallying one goal and 12 penalty minutes ... Notched his first NHL goal on Nov. 20 vs. Detroit ... Became only the second 18-year-old player to skate in a game for the Blue Jackets. 2005-06: Appeared in 59 games with Columbus, registering six goals and seven assists for 13 points, along with 22 penalty minutes ... Recorded three multiple-point games ... Registered his first career multiple-point game, and the first Opening Night multiple-point game in franchise history, on Oct. 5 at Washington ... Collected his first career assist on Nov. 18 at Dallas. 2006-07: Skated in 59 games with the Blue Jackets, recording 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points, along with 26 penalty minutes ... Established career-highs in goals (12), assists (15), points (27), penalty minutes (26), power play goals (five), and shot percentage (14.8%) ... Tied for second on the team with four game-winning goals and one shorthanded goal ... Ranked sixth on the club in power play goals (five) ... Recorded four multiple-point games, including a multiple-goal effort on Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa (two goals) ... Tallied two, three-point games ... Registered a six-game points streak from Jan. 19 to Feb. 2, recording six points (four goals and two assists) over the span ... Notched a four-game goal scoring streak from Jan. 19 to Jan. 30 (four goals) ... Recorded game-winning goals in consecutive games from Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa two Dec. 12 at Dallas ... Collected three points (one goal and two assists) on Dec. 2 at Edmonton ... Missed the last 19 games of the season due to a wrist laceration suffered on Feb. 25 vs. Nashville.
AHL CAREER: Skated in 23 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering seven goals and four assists for 11 points, along with 12 penalty minutes ... Also skated in 10 career playoff games for the Crunch, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with 12 penalty minutes. 2003-04: Appeared in four contests for the Crunch, recording two goals and a plus-two rating ... Registered one assist and four penalty minutes in four post-season contests. 2005-06: Skated in 19 games with Syracuse, recording five goals and four assists for nine points, along with 12 penalty minutes ... Also appeared in six post-season matches, tallying two goals and two assists for four points, along with eight penalty minutes.
JUNIOR CAREER: Skated in 163 games with the Sarnia Sting and London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 71 goals and 84 assists for 155 points, along with 143 penalty minutes and a plus-28 rating ... Appeared in 135 games with Sarnia (OHL), recording 54 goals and 66 assists for 120 points ... In 28 games with London (OHL), tallied 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points ... Also appeared in 22 OHL post-season contests, collecting 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points, along with 12 penalty minutes ... Appeared in 49 games for Cleveland in the Junior A League, recording 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points, along with 47 penalty minutes. 2001-02: Skated in 17 games with the Sting (OHL), recording five goals and 13 assists for 18 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. 2002-03: In 61 games with Sarnia (OHL), collected 32 goals and 39 assists for 71 points, along with 79 penalty minutes. 2003-04: Notched 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points, along with 26 penalty minutes in 27 games for Sarnia (OHL) ... Also skated in five post-season games, tallying a team-leading six points (one goal and five assists). 2004-05: Split the season between the Sarnia Sting and London Knights (OHL) ... Skated in 30 games, registering 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points, along with 18 penalty minutes ... Posted a plus-26 rating.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: 2004: Was a member of Gold Medal-winning Team USA squad at the IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships ... Tallied a goal in the final game to help lead Team USA to a 4-3 victory ... Collected four points (two goals and two assists) during the tournament ... Also recorded a plus/minus rating of plus-five ... Notched the game-winning goal in Team USA’s 2-1 victory over Sweden in the Semifinals. 2005: Skated in seven games for Team USA at the IIFH U-20 World Junior Championships, recording three goals and four assists for seven points.
BACKGROUND: Favorite athlete growing up was Mario Lemieux ... Lists Wedding Crashers as his favorite movie ... Enjoys listening to Kenny Chesney and other country music artists ... Favorite television show is 24 ... Winning the Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championships and winning The Memorial Cup in 2005 with the London Knights (OHL) as his two most memorable hockey moments ... Enjoys golfing during the off-season ... Awarded a community service award in 2007 by the city of Columbus and the Columbus Blue Jackets in recognition of his extensive community and charity work in Columbus, Ohio ... His brother, Tom, was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 47th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft ... Single.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 21, 2003- Columbus’s second round draft choice, 46th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. July 2, 2008- Acquired by the New York Rangers along with Nikolai Zherdev for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.