2014-15: Had career-high 9 hits 3/27 at CHI... Posted 1st career multi-point game with 0-2-2 12/4 at FLA... Played in 100th career NHL game 11/25 vs. WPG.
2013-14: Finished 7th on Columbus in blocked shots (65) and third (Tied) in fighting majors with five Registered career-best three-game point streak (1-2-3) from 3/3-6.
Career: Led Columbus in plus/minus rating (+15) and ranked second among rookie NHL defensemen in the category in 2012-13 Scored first career NHL goal on 4/18/13 at Los Angeles (Quick) Tied Columbus team record by recording a +4 rating on 329/13 at CGY (first Blue Jackets rookie to reach the mark) Played his first professional season in 2011-12 and made his NHL debut on 3/30/12 vs. Florida Made his professional debut on 10/7/11 at Manchester and notched his first professional point with a goal on Oct. 16, 2011 vs. MAN.
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