Left University of Maine (H-East) and signed with Seattle (WHL), August 7, 2000. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, June 16, 2001. Traded to Dallas by NY Rangers with Manny Malhotra for Martin Rucinsky and Roman Lyashenko, March 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 25, 2004.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp