CCHA Second All-Star Team (2007) CCHA First All-Star Team (2008) CCHA Player of the Year (2008) NCAA West First All-American Team (2008)
Traded to Colorado by Phoenix with Peter Mueller for Wojtek Wolski, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 6, 2012. Missed majority of 2011-12 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 3, 2014.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3