Was a perfect 4-for-4 on faceoffs vs. CBJ (10/9) and at CHI (10/11)
Notched his first assist of the season at CAR (10/14)
Went 9-for-14 on faceoffs at LAK (10/23)
Scored his first goal of the season at SJS (10/25)
Led the team with five shots vs. MTL (11/5)
Led all Sabres skaters in points (44) and finished second in goals (20) and assists (24)
Logged consecutive multi-point games for the second time in his career at PHI (1+1, 4/6) and vs. DET (0+2, 4/8)
Tied his career best with points in four straight games twice, from 10/5-10/12 (1+4) and 1/12-1/18 (2+3)
OHL First All-Star Team (2009) OHL Player of the Year (2009) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2009) Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year (2009)
Traded to Buffalo by Vancouver for Zack Kassian, February 27, 2012.
When things aren't going well for us in this city [Toronto], I think there is a lot of overanalyzing going on. You've got the most passionate fans in the world here and a lot of (media) coverage, so you know there's going to be a lot of people giving their two cents worth on us.
— Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk after a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday