CAREER: In the 3rd season of a 3-year entry-level contract...2013 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids...2013 Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (Playoff MVP) after 16-5-21 in 24 GP...2012 World Championship silver medal with Slovakia...Represented Slovakia at 2009 and 2010 WJC and 2014 Olympics.
2013-14: Led the team in shots (158) and finished 2nd in goals (19) despite being a healthy scratch for 8 of DET's first 9 games...Finished 3rd on the team with a +12 rating and tied for 4th in GWGs, in addition to 2 SO winners...Finished the season on a 3-game pt. streak, his 5th such streak of the season...Registered 3 straight 2-pt. games, 3/23-3/27...Had a pair of 2-goal games (12/4 vs. PHI and 3/27 vs. MTL)...Had a 3-game goal streak, 1/4-1/11...Multi-point games: 11
OTHER: Scored his 1st NHL goal in his 1st game on his 1st shot, 12/31/10 vs. NYI...Debuted as the youngest player in the AHL at 18, becoming the 1st DET drafted player to begin the season in GR the same year he was drafted.
Learn more about the personalities of your favorite NHL players. WATCH NOW ›
You get more opportunity, and at the end of the day those are the times you've got to step up and show what you're made of. Together as a team, that's how you win games. I think we stuck together. That's kind of our philosophy here. We have good leadership and good guys to lean on.