Opened the year with Lake Erie (AHL) but spent most of the season with the Avalanche, recording 21 points (4g/17a) in 61 games…Collected 16 points (7g/9a) in 12 contests for the Lake Erie Monsters…Was leading the Monsters with 13 points (6g/7a) through 10 games when he was recalled by the Avalanche on Nov. 6…Went on to appear in 42 of Colorado’s 43 games from Nov. 6 to Feb. 10…Assisted on Darcy Tucker’s 200th career goal on Nov. 8 vs. Nashville… Posted a career high two assists on Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles…Was loaned to Lake Erie on a conditioning assignment from Feb. 27-28…Skated in two games for the Monsters during his conditioning stint, posting a goal and two assists.
2007-08: Saw action in 31 regular season games for the Avalanche while also appearing in 50 games with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)…Was recalled by Colorado on four occasions (five including the playoffs)…Recorded six goals and five assists for 11 points with the Avalanche, finishing as the club’s top rookie scorer…Made his NHL debut on Nov. 30 at San Jose and scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 1 at Los Angeles…Shared the team lead with five goals in the month of February…Recorded a three-game goal streak, Feb. 2-6, including back-to-back multi-goal games Feb. 2 at St. Louis and Feb. 4 vs. Phoenix…Became the first Avalanche/Nordiques rookie to post consecutive multi-goal games since Miroslav Frycer in 1981-82…Was Lake Erie’s second-leading scorer with 45 points (12g/33a) despite playing only 50 games…Recorded four points (2g/2a) for PlanetUSA at the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 28 in Binghamton, N.Y. PLAYOFFS: Recalled from Lake Erie on April 17 and appeared in two playoff games with the Avalanche…Recorded an assist in his NHL playoff debut, Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. Detroit on April 29.
2006-07: Named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as a senior at the University of Michigan…Led the nation in scoring with 69 points (23g/46a) in 41 games…Also led the country in assists, assists-per-game (1.12) and points-per-game (1.68)…Finished third on the Wolverines and tied for 12th nationally in goals… Consensus first-team All-American…Honored as College Hockey News’ Player of the Year…Awarded the Hal Downes Trophy as Michigan’s team MVP…Captured the Central Collegiate Hockey Association scoring title with 42 points (12g/30a) in 28 conference games…Was named to his third CCHA First Team All Conference squad, making him one of only eight players in league history to earn such recognition…Became just the third player in CCHA history to earn either First or Second Team honors in each of his four years in college, joining former St. Louis defenseman Kent Jackson (1975-78) and former Bowling Green defenseman Ken Morrow (1976-79)…Was the first Wolverine to record three straight 50-point seasons since Bill Muckalt from 1996-98 and first to record 40-plus points in all four seasons since Brendan Morrison (1994-97)…Finished his career ranked eighth on Michigan’s all-time scoring list with 222 points and fourth in assists with 147…Played his final collegiate game at Pepsi Center on March 24, recording two goals and one assist in Michigan’s 8-5 loss to North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA West Regional…Signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Avalanche on April 11. 2005-06: Led the Wolverines in goals (tied-17), assists (35) and points (52) as a junior at Michigan…Finished second in the conference in overall scoring…Nationally, he ranked sixth among NCAA Division I-A players in assists and tied for ninth in points…Named second team All-CCHA and also garnered second team All-America honors from U.S. College Hockey Online…Was named a preseason first-team USCHO All-American and first-team All-CCHA. 2004-05: Was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as a sophomore at Michigan…First-team All- CCHA selection and garnered All-American honors from U.S. College Hockey Online (second team) and Inside College Hockey Online (third team)…Shared the Hal Downes Trophy as Michigan’s Most Valuable Player…Finished sixth in the nation in points (55) and tied for ninth in assists (32)…Won the CCHA scoring contest with 43 points (21g/22a) in 28 league games…Member of Team USA at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, ND. 2003-04: Became the first Michigan freshman in school history to earn All-CCHA first team honors… Named CCHA Rookie of the Year and was a member of the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
Skated with the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2001-03…Participated in the 2003 IIHF World Under-18 Championship…Won a gold medal with the U.S. Under-17 Team at the World Under-17 Challenge in Winnipeg.
Spends his summers in Howell, Michigan… Participates in the Avalanche Player Clinics, teaching the fundamentals of ice hockey to local youth players…Donated his time to the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital throughout his college career.