2014-15: Played in 200th career NHL game 10/23 at SJS... Recorded first goal of season 10/9 at BUF.
2013-14: Tallied 13-11-24 in 22GP w/Springfield... Scored 1st goal for CBJ on 11/25 at TOR (Reimer)... Made CBJ debut on 10/19 at WSH.
Career: Had career-high 4-game point streak from 3/7-3/12/13 (1-3-4)... Finished 2nd on FLA in hits with 96 in 2012-13... Skated in 100th career NHL game on 10/24/11 at MTL... Recorded 1st career NHL goal and assist on 1/8/08 at MTL (w/CHI)... Made NHL debut on 12/30/07 vs. LAK (w/CHI)... Won NCAA championship with Wisconsin in 2006... One of a record-setting 8 American-born players selected in the 1st round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft... Member of Team USA at the IIHF World U18 Championships in 2004 (silver) and 2005 (gold) as well as the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2006 and 2007 (silver)... Also represented USA at 2011 IIHF World Championship.
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