CAREER: In 3rd year of a 3-year entry-level contract...2013 Calder Cup champion with Grand Rapids, tying for AHL rookie lead in playoff scoring...Made his NHL debut on 4/7/12 vs. CHI.
2013-14: Finished 9th on DET in pts. (24) despite only 42 GP...Ranked among DET leaders w/ a 15.3 SH% (2nd) and a +8 rating (5th)...Recorded points in back-to-back games on 7 occasions...Ended regular season on 3-game goal streak, 4/8-4/13...Scored 1st NHL goal on 1/11 at LA (Jonathan Quick)...Recorded 1st NHL points (0-2-2) on 12/21 at TOR...Also had 18 points (8-10-18) in 31 games with GR...Multi-point games: 5.
OTHER: Had 64 points (20-44-64) in 114 games with Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2009-12)...Was a finalist for 2012 CCHA Best Defensive Forward Award, finishing 2nd to now-teammate Luke Glendening...Combined with Danny DeKeyser to give DET 2 rookies with 22+ points for the first time since 1991-92 (Nicklas Lidstrom, Vladimir Konstantinov).
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres