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).
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