|BIRTHPLACE:||Bloomington, MN, USA|
|DRAFTED:||COL: 2002-129 overall|
|Last Game: Apr. 11/09 @ Calgary (1-0-1, 0 PIM, E, 20:09)
Colorado's 5th choice, 129th overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Career Oilers/NHL Stats: 176 GP 19-65-84 46 PIM
Career Hat Tricks: 0 Career Penalty Shots: 0
Season Highs: Goals 1, 5x, Last - Apr. 11 @ CGY; Assists 3, 3x, Last - Mar. 31 vs ANA; Points 3, 3x, Last - Mar. 31 vs ANA (0-3-3); PIM 4 - Mar. 31 vs ANA
Multiple Games: Goals - 0; Assists - 10; Points - 12
Shootout Goals-Attempts: 2008-09: 0-1; Career: 0-2
- Scored 5-40-45 with 26 PIM & was +6 in 82 GP.
- Finished 4th on Oilers scoring list & is 2nd in assists & 5th in plus/minus (+6).
- One of 2 Oilers to play in all 82 games this season (Andrew Cogliano).
- Was +5 in 2 games (+3 at TOR on Mar. 7 & +2 at MTL on Mar. 10).
- Finished 19th in scoring among NHL defencemen & 10th in assists.
- Established new single-season marks for both assists & points, surpassing previous high of 13-20-33 scored in 2007-08.
- Scored 0-3-3 vs ANA (Mar. 31) for his team-leading 11th multiple assist game & his 13th multiple point game.
- Also scored 3 assists in a game (Nov. 2 at PHI & Feb. 11 vs MTL). The 3 assists equal a single-game career-high.
- Led Oilers in TOI vs CGY (Feb. 21) with a season-high 32:13 - the most TOI by an Oiler this season.
- Had career-high four-game scoring streak (1-5-6; Jan. 16-27) ended vs MIN (Jan. 30).
- Registered back-to-back multiple point games with 0-2-2 vs PHO (Jan. 18) 7 vs CBJ (Jan. 20).
- Had a three-game scoring streak (1-5-6; Nov. 2-6) ended at New Jersey (Nov. 9).
- Scored 1st goal of season at Pittsbrugh (Nov. 6) & registered back-to-back multiple point games with career-high 3 assists at Philadelphia (Nov. 2) & 2 assists at Columbus (Nov. 5).
- Played in 100th career Oilers/NHL game at Colorado (Oct. 23).
2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS: Played 79 games where he amassed 26 points (6G, 20A), -14 and 32 PIM...had 8 multiple point games...placed 2nd on team in defence scoring...had a goal and was +1 on Oct. 14 @ MIN...scored GTG and played team high 28:54 on Oct. 26 @ CGY...had a goal and assist and was +2 on Nov. 21 @ ANA...posted 2 assists and was +2 on Nov. 25 vs COL...recorded 2 assists on Dec. 7 vs ANA...played his 200th NHL game on Jan. 13 @ SJ...posted 2 assists on Feb. 15 vs DAL...had 2 assists on Feb. 19 vs ATL...posted 2 assists and was +2 on Feb. 23 @ COL...posted 2 assists on Mar. 5 @ COL...had a goal and assist on Mar. 31 @ MIN...missed three games bringing his ironman streak of 332 games to a halt.
2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in all 82 games (one of three Oilers to do so) where he amassed 31 points (5G, 26A), -10 and 16 PIM...had 8 multiple point games (5 in his last 7 games)...placed 2nd on team in defence scoring and 8th in team scoring...T-3rd in team assists...posted a goal and an assist on Nov. 8 @ COL...had an assist and team high 25:15 of ice time on Dec. 23 @ MIN...had 2 assists and a team high 27:49 TOI on Mar. 11 @ MTL...collected his 100th NHL point (assist) and was +3 on Mar. 21 vs. SJ...had a goal and an assist on Mar. 23 vs. VAN...scored a goal and added an assist on Mar. 30 @ DET...had a pair of assists on Apr. 5 vs. MIN...posted 2 assists on Apr. 7 vs. COL...posted 2 assists and a goal on Apr. 10 @ LA...had 12 points in final seven games (2G, 10A) including 4 consecutive 2-assist games
2008-09: Finished the season appearing in all 82 games (Cogliano the only other to play in every game) scoring 45 points (5G, 40A)…set career-highs in assists, points plus/minus (+6), PIM (26) and shots (107)…was 1st among Oiler defenceman in assists, 2nd in points…finished 19th in scoring among NHL defencemen & 10th in assists…collected 12 MP games and 10 MA games…played in 100th career Oilers/NHL game at Colorado (Oct. 23)…scored 1st goal of season at PIT (Nov. 6) & registered back-to-back multiple point games with career-high 3 assists at PHI (Nov. 2) & 2 assists at CBJ (Nov. 5)…had a three-game scoring streak (1-5-6; Nov. 2-6) ended at New Jersey (Nov. 9)…registered back-to-back multiple point games with 0-2-2 vs PHO (Jan. 18) & 0-2-2 vs CBJ (Jan. 20)…had career-high four-game scoring streak (1-5-6; Jan. 16-27) ended vs MIN (Jan. 30)…led Oilers in TOI vs CGY (Feb. 21) with a season-high 32:13 - the most TOI by an Oiler this season…scored 3 assists in a game (Nov. 2 at PHI & Feb. 11 vs MTL). The 3 assists equal a single-game career-high…scored 0-3-3 vs ANA (Mar. 31) for his team-leading 11th multiple assist game & his 13th multiple point game…
2007-08: Named Oilers Defenceman of the Year, marking the first time in Oilers history that a rookie has won the award…scored 13-20-33 with 20 PIM and was -6 in 82 GP to finish 8th on Oilers scoring list & 1st among defencemen…was 7th in goals & 8th in assists…scored points in 25 of 82 GP and was plus or even in 50 of 82 GP…10th in NHL rookie scoring & 2nd among rookie defencemen…was among NHL rookie leaders in several categories - 9th in goals, 12th in assists, 1st in SHA (2), 10th in PPG (3), 12th in PPA (6), 13th in powerplay scoring (3-6-9), 4th in shooting pct. (13.3%) & 1st in blocked shots (159)…established new Oilers records for most goals & points in a season by a rookie defenceman…scored 1-1-2 at COL (Mar. 28) for his 5th multiple point game of the season, giving him 33 points & surpassing the previous Oilers record of 32 points set by Paul Coffey (9-23-32) in 1980-81…his 13 goals broke the previous mark of nine goals scored by Coffey (1980-81) & Marc-Andre Bergeron (2003-04)…he broke the record with his 10th goal of the season in a 5-1 loss vs NAS (Mar. 4) and then upped the record with goals vs PHX (Mar. 18), vs VAN (Mar. 20) & at COL (Mar. 28)…scored a single-game career-high 1-2-3 & had career-high 8 blocked shots vs DET (Feb. 26)… assisted on the Oilers 8,000 goal in franchise history - PPG by Denis Grebeshkov - at NAS (Feb. 19)…led Oilers in ice time seven times, including season-high 29:36 vs CHI (Nov. 24)…registered 1st career Oilers/NHL PIM with a tripping minor vs COL (Nov. 22) & scored assist at Vancouver (Feb. 16)…third player in Oilers history to wear #77 (Garry Unger & Adam Oates)…
2006-07: Made professional debut with the Edmonton organization, splitting the season between the Oilers and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)…scored 1-5-6 with 0 PIM and was even in 12 GP in his Oilers/NHL debut…played first Oilers/NHL game at SJ (Jan. 10)… was scoreless and +1 in 13:23 minutes of play in his debut…scored first Oilers/NHL goal & point at OTT (Feb. 20 vs Martin Gilbert) and tallied his first Oilers/NHL assist vs COL (Mar. 23)…missed13 games (Feb. 23-Mar. 21) with a concussion suffered at CBJ (Feb. 22)…with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton he scored 4-26-30 with 32 PIM in 48 games to finish tied for 12 on the Penguins scoring list…was 3rd in plus/minus at +10…scored 1-7-8 with 10 PIM in 10 playoff games to finish fourth on the Penguins & second among defencemen…was third in assists…
COLLEGE: Played four seasons at the U of Wisconsin, scoring 33-56-89 with 152 PIM in 162 games from 2002-03 to 2005-06…member of Wisconsin’s NCAA championship team in 2005-06, scoring the GWG in the Badgers’ 2-1 victory over the Boston College Eagles in the Frozen Four championship final…an assistant captain in both his junior and senior years, was named to the NCAA Frozen Four all-tournament team…was named a second team NCAA West All-American and was a WCHA first team all-conference selection…named Wisconsin team MVP in 2004-05…
JUNIOR: Prior to attending Wisconsin, he played one full season with the Chicago Steel of the USHL, scoring 13-15-28 with 62 PIM in 2001-02..also played one game for the Steel in 2000-01…
HIGH SCHOOL: Skated for two seasons in his hometown with Bloomington Jefferson High School from 1999-00 to 2000-01…was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey (Minnesota high school player of the year) & was named the male athlete of the year in 2000-01...
INTERNATIONAL: Scored 1-3-4 and was even in seven GP for Team USA at 2008 IIHF World Championships.
FIRST NHL GAME: Jan. 10, 2007 vs. San Jose.
FIRST NHL GOAL: Feb. 20, 2007 vs. Ottawa (Martin Gerber).