Played his 1st career game in the pros on Oct. 13 at Grand Rapids… Recorded his 1st point (assist) in the pros on Oct. 28 vs. Abbotsford… Scored his 1st goal in the pros on Feb. 6 at TOR… Had a 4-4-8 record with 15 penalty minutes in 22 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs when recalled on March 7... Played his 1st career game in the NHL on March 9 at TBL… Led the Bulldogs defensemen in goals (7, tied with N. Beaulieu)… Led the Bulldogs in game-winning goals (3, tied with S. Quailer and P. Holland)…
Traded to Montreal by Toronto with Toronto's 2nd round choice (later traded to Chicago, later traded back to Toronto, later traded to Boston - Boston selected Jared Knight) in 2010 Entry Draft for Mikhail Grabovski, July 3, 2008.
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