A seventh-year pro, all with the Caps organization.
Served as an alternate captain … Finished the year tied for 11th on the team with 17 points and tied for seventh with seven goals … Ranked fourth on the team in PIM (78) … Notched six of his seven goals at home … Had three multiple-point games … Recorded two assists and was a season-high +3 on at PHI (11/4) … Posted goals in back-to-back games at MTL (2/20) and vs. SJ (2/21) … Tallied the first PPG of his career vs. FLA (2/27) … Missed the final nine games of the season after suffering a hand injury vs. TOR (3/16).
2005-06: Played a career high 76 games … Ranked eighth on the team with 30 points (14g-16a) … His 14 goals were seventh on the team and more than triple his career total entering the season (4 in 109 GP) … Enjoyed the best season of his career in assists, points and shots (85) … Recorded 18 of his 30 points on the road (9g-9a) and ranked tied for fourth on the team in road scoring … Ranked fourth on the team with 28 even-strength points (12g-16a) … Led all Capitals regulars with a 16.5 shooting percentage … Scored six of his 14 goals in the third period … Tallied two SHGs, the first of his career … Played in each of the first 62 games … Twice scored in the first minute of a period (11/19 at MTL, 11/23 vs. TB) … Had the first two-goal game of his career 11/19 at MTL … Recorded a three-game point streak from 12/14-12/18 (2g-1a) … Had a goal and an assist at NYR (3/16).
2004-05: Spent his fourth professional season with Portland (AHL) ... Played 53 games, finishing sixth on the team with 29 points (10g-19a) ... Ranked fifth on the team with 115 PIM ... Scored three PPGs and one SHG ... Had three assists vs. Springfield (11/5), his season-high for points in a game.
2003-04: Appeared in 30 games for the Capitals, recording two goals … Skated in and six games with Portland, tallying two goals and four assists … Started the season in Washington, appearing in the team’s first nine games … Tallied his first goal of the season at PHI (11/6) … Missed five games with a lower back strain from 11/8-11/15 … Tallied a goal and a season-high three shots at CBJ (11/29) … Was reassigned to Portland on 12/20 and scored two goals and four assists in six games before being recalled on 1/1 … Sidelined for the end of the season with a groin injury.
2002-03: Appeared in 72 games for the Capitals during his rookie NHL season, recording two goals and seven assists … Played five games with Portland, registering five assists ... Started the season with Portland, but was recalled by the Caps after appearing in three games (10/31) ... Made his season debut vs. TB (11/1) ... Scored his first NHL goal vs. OTT (11/29) ... Tallied his first assist vs. ATL (12/6) ... Recorded points in consecutive games from 12/6-12/7 (1g-1a) ... Registered assists in consecutive games from 1/10-1/11 (2a) ... Amassed a season-high 12 PIM vs. NYR (1/26) ... Recorded his first multiple-point game with two assists at OTT (3/28) ... Made his NHL playoff debut, appearing in five games ... Made his playoff debut in Game 1 of the CQF at TB (4/10).
2001-02: Started the season with the Capitals, appearing in seven games … Made his NHL debut vs. NJ (10/6) … Was assigned to Moose Jaw (WHL) on 10/22.
In four seasons with Moose Jaw, appeared in 208 games while recording 79 goals and 99 assists.
2001-02: Assigned to Moose Jaw on 10/22 … In only 36 games for Moose Jaw, recorded 18 goals and 27 assists … Ranked fourth on the team in goals and fifth in points (45) … Played in all 12 playoff games for Moose Jaw, tallying seven goals and five assists … Tied for first on the team in playoff goals and ranked second in points (12) … Led the team in playoff PIM (33) … Represented Canada in the World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, helping the team win a silver medal.
2000-01: Played in 59 games for Moose Jaw, recording 34 goals and 43 assists … Led the team in points (77) and tied for first on the team in goals and tied for second on the team in assists … In four playoff games, led the team with two goals and tied for first with three points.
1999-00: In 47 games with Moose Jaw, tallied 18 goals and 17 assists … Appeared in all four playoff games, recording a goal and an assist. 1998-99: His first season of major junior hockey, appeared in a junior career-high 66 games for Moose Jaw, recording nine goals and 12 assists … Appeared in 11 playoff games and recorded an assist.
2002: Helped Canada to a silver medal at the World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic … Tied for fourth on the team in points (6) with three goals and three assists in seven games.
Selected by the Capitals in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft.
Supports the fight against epilepsy … Lists his dad as his biggest hockey influence … Was a fan of Mark Messier and the Edmonton Oilers growing up … Lists poker, fishing and golf among his favorite offseason activities … Favorite sports other than hockey are golf and fishing.