|BIRTHPLACE:||Unity, SK, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||WSH: 2002-17 overall|
|* Had assists in Games 5 and 6 vs. NYR, his first career playoff points|
Recorded 14 points (5g-9a) in 63 GP … Finished third on the team with a 56.1% faceoff percentage … Averaged 3:39 of shorthanded ice time per game, third on the team … Established a new career high with two GWGs … Netted four of his five goals in the third period and five of his nine assists in the second period … Finished tied for fourth on the team with five game-winning assists … Caps went 12-0-1 when he recorded a point and 5-0-0 when he scored a goal … Scored a SHG at BUF on 12/30 … Had a goal and an assist two days later, 1/1 vs. OTT … Missed the last 10 games of the season due to injury … Played in all 14 Stanley Cup playoff games and had three assists … Had an assist and was +1 in Game 5 and Game 6 in the ECQF series vs. NYR … Had an assist and was +1 in Game 4 vs. PIT in ECSF.
Matched previous year’s career high with seven goals in 67 games … Finished ninth in the NHL with a 55.8% faceoff success rate … Averaged 4:00 of penalty killing ice time per game, third among NHL forwards … Tied for seventh on the team with a +5 rating … Had 12 points (5g-7a) and a +6 rating in 45 games after returning from a fractured hand on 12/27 at PIT … Recorded eight points (2g-6a) and was +5 in his first nine games back from injury … Had one goal, one assist and a +2 rating 1/1 vs. OTT … Posted points in three straight games from 1/5-1/13 (1g-2a) … Played in his 200th NHL game at TB (3/27) … Played in all seven ECQF games against PHI.
2006-07: Established career highs in games (71), goals (7), assists (22) and points (29) in his first full NHL season … His +10 rating led the team and was the best by a Capital since 2002-03 … Ranked fifth on the team in points, fifth in assists and tied for seventh in goals … Recorded two goals and four assists while shorthanded, ranking fourth in the NHL in shorthanded points and tied for second in shorthanded assists … Finished fourth on the team in home scoring with 19 points at Verizon Center (5g-14a) … Team was 6-1-0 when he scored a goal and 15-5-4 when he recorded a point … More than half of his points (4g-11a) came in the second period … Had 20 of his 29 points (5g-15a) after 1/1 … Had 11 points (3g-8a) against division foes … Led Caps forwards (second on the team) with 3:58 of shorthanded ice time per game … Led the team with a 52.0% faceoff percentage … Led the team in faceoffs (1,214) and faceoff wins (632) … Posted his second career multiple-point game (1g-1a) and was +2 vs. NYR (11/11) … Was +7, without a minus game, in a 16-game stretch from 11/28-12/30 … Played in his 100th NHL game on 1/9 vs. PHI … Posted an assist and was +2 in a season-high 22:44 of ice time 2/4 vs. NYI … Posted two points (1g-1a) 2/8 vs. LA … Had his first career two-assist game 2/24 at NJ … Enjoyed the best offensive month of his career in March, posting seven points (3g-4a) in 13 games while skating an average of 17:22 … Was +4 in the last 15 games of the season, from 3/9-4/7 … Scored four of his seven goals in the last 11 games of the season (4g-3a from 3/16-4/7) … Had goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career 3/16 vs. TOR and 3/18 vs. TB … Posted a goal and an assist and was +2 at ATL (4/4).
2005-06: Played 104 total regular-season and playoff games for Washington and Hershey (AHL), tied with Brooks Laich for the most in the organization … Had five stints with Washington, totaling 25 games … Averaged 5:06 of penalty killing time per game with the Capitals, second-best in the NHL … Played in six preseason games for the Caps, including each of the first three … Had 38 points (16g-22a) in 58 regular season games for Hershey … Ranked third among the Bears with a +9 rating … Played all 21 playoff games for the Bears in their run to the Calder Cup … Scored the only goal in Game 1 of Hershey’s first-round playoff series against Norfolk.
2004-05: The only player to appear in all 80 games for Portland (AHL) ... Tied for third on the team in scoring with 39 points ... Ranked third on the team in assists (22) and tied for third in goals (17) ... Tied for second on the team with seven power-play goals ... Scored the game-tying and game-winning goals against Bridgeport on 12/18.
2003-04: Appeared in 41 games for the Capitals, tallying one goal and five assists, and 43 games for Portland, scoring five goals and 17 assists … Started the season with the Capitals, making his NHL debut vs. NYI on 10/9, recording an assist … Scored his first NHL goal and added an assist vs. ATL (10/11) … Was reassigned to Portland on 1/10 … Was recalled by the Capitals for one game on 3/16 and reassigned to Portland … In seven playoff games for Portland, registered two goals and an assist.
Enjoyed a stellar four-year career with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL, recording 207 points (77g-130a) in 260 GP.
2002-03: Tallied 33 goals and 48 assists in 56 games with Red Deer … Ranked second on the team in goals, assists and points (81) … Helped Red Deer to the WHL finals, recording eight goals and 12 assists in 23 playoff games … Led the team in playoff goals and tied for the lead in points (20) while ranking third in assists.
2001-02: Played in 66 games for Red Deer of the WHL, recording 22 goals and 29 assists … In 23 playoff games, tallied 10 goals and 12 assists … Ranked third on the team in playoff goals and tied for first in playoff assists, tying for second in playoff points.
2000-01: Played in all 72 games for Red Deer of the AHL, scoring 12 goals and adding 27 assists … In 22 playoff games, notched three goals and six assists as Red Deer won the WHL playoff title and captured the Memorial Cup.
Represented Canada in the 2003 World Junior Championship, earning a silver medal.
Selected by the Capitals in the first round, 17th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.
Lists baseball as his favorite sport other than hockey and soccer player Wayne Rooney as his favorite athlete … Favorite movie is “Gladiator.”