CAREER: Acquired by DET from NSH at the trade deadline for F Patrick Eaves, F Calle Jarnkrok and a 3rd round pick...Represented the US at the 1998 and 1999 WJC and 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005 WC...1998 CHL Rookie of the Year and OHL Most Outstanding Player.
2013-14: Led the NHL in games played, totaling 83 between DET and NSH...Led DET in scoring with 51 pts., 11 (4-7-11) coming after trade from NSH...Tied with Shea Weber for NSH scoring lead prior to trade at 40 pts...Scored his 1st goal with DET during 3-pt. game, 2/7 vs. NJ...Played 900th NHL game, 10/15 vs. FLA...Registered 2 GWG w/ DET (3/30 vs. TB and 4/8 at BUF)...Multi-point games: 14.
OTHER: NSH's 1st-ever draft choice (2nd overall, 1998)...NSH's all-time leader in points, games played, assists and game-winning goals...Attended Grosse Pointe North High School...First NHL player to score on a penalty shot in overtime (12/23/00 vs. NYR)...Recorded 185 points (85-100-185) in 114 games with the OHL's Plymouth Whalers from 1997-99.
OHL All-Rookie Team (1998) OHL First All-Star Team (1998) OHL Rookie of the Year (1998) OHL MVP (1998) Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1998)
Signed as a free agent by Basel (Swiss-2), January 27, 2005. Traded to Detroit by Nashville for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and Detroit's 2nd round choice (later traded to San Jose San Jose selected Julius Bergman) in 2014 Entry Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 4, 2014.