Weight: 175 lbs.
Position: Center/Right wing
Born: Feb. 25, 1989 in Brampton, Ontario
Final Ranking: 43 • Mid-Term Ranking: 70 • North American Skater
Central Scouting Report: A skilled forward that plays with grit… is good in front of the net and can handle the puck well in traffic… has good vision and sees the ice well… needs to improve his play away from the puck… needs to be more consistent at both ends of the rink.
Hockey Profile: Ranked third on his team with 33 goals (33-25-58) in 2006- 07…was one of 40 draft-eligible players selected to participate in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game… was named to the OHL All-Rookie First Team in 2005-06 after tallying 29 points (20-9-29) in 64 games with Belleville… became the first Bull to score 20 goals as a rookie since the 1998-99 season… was a member of Team Canada at the Under-18 World Cup in 2006 – he had four goals in four games helping Canada win gold.
Personal Profile: Nicknamed Camouflage by his teammates… most memorable hockey game played: winning the gold medal with Team Canada at the Under-18 World Championships… most memorable hockey game watched: 1972 Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada because it was “very exciting”… if he could take any three people to dinner he would invite: former Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman – “to find out what kind of mindset you need to be a leader", Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft – “to learn how to score more goals” and actor Will Ferrell – “to get everyone laughing”… credits his parents for having the most influence on his career “because they guided me in the right direction”… admires his parents for teaching him to never give up… patterns his game after Maxim Afinogenov of the Buffalo Sabres “because he is fast, shoots hard and shoots accurately”… his pre-game routine involves resting for about an hour and stick handling with a golf ball… favorites include: “high glove side, bar and in” (shootout move), Anaheim Ducks (NHL team), Rick Nash (NHL player), King of Queens (TV show), Slap Shot (movie), Will Ferrell (actor), Nickelback (group) and NHL 2007 (video game).
Statistics: 33-25=58 with 50 PIM in 60 games played.