CAREER: In 1st year of a 3-year contract...2014 AHL All-Rookie Team...2013 CHL Defenseman of the Year, OHL Most Outstanding Defenseman and OHL First All-Star Team...2012 OHL Third All-Star Team...2011 OHL Second All-Rookie Team.
2013-14: Became the 9th rookie to make his NHL debut for DET this season on 4/13 at STL...Played 18:25 in his debut, recording three shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots...Has 31 points (10-21-31) in 71 games with the Griffins this season...Ranks third among AHL rookie defenseman in scoring.
OTHER: Recorded 153 points (57-96-153) in 172 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2010-13...Was the 4th rookie defenseman to debut with DET this season, joining Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almquist and Alexey Marchenko.
OHL First All-Star Team (2013) Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year (2013) AHL All-Rookie Team (2014)
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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