6'1" 205 lbs. Shoots: Right
Born: June 24, 1982; Melville, Saskatchewan
Edmonton's 3rd choice (2nd round), 36th overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 22-46-68 with 74 PIM and was +4 in 82 GP to finish 3rd on Oilers scoring list3rd on Oilers scoring list & was 3rd in goals, 3rd in assists, 2nd with 11 PPG, 4th in plus/minus (+4) & 1st in shots (243)scored points in 49 of 82 GP and was plus or even in 63 of 82 GPone of three Oilers (Steve Staios, Raffi Torres) to appear in all 82 games5th in NHL in face-off pct. at 56.8%, winning 765 of 1348set Oilers record for highest face-off winning pct. vs Vancouver (Feb. 4), winning 21 of 22 face-offs (95.45%)reached 60-point plateau for 1st time in career with assist vs Vancouver (Mar. 21)scored career-high 22nd goal vs Colorado (Apr. 17) for his lone SHG of seasonhad a career-high nine-game scoring streak (2-8-10; Jan. 25-Feb. 12) ended vs St. Louis (Mar. 1)also had a six-game scoring streak (3-7-10; Dec. 21-31) ended vs Chicago (Jan. 3)registered 16 multiple point games including a career-high 2-2-4 at St. Louis (Nov. 4)the four-point game established single-game career highs for goals and points & tying single-game career high for assistsplayed in 100th career Oilers/NHL game vs Boston (Dec. 3) & registered 100th career Oilers/NHL PIM at Columbus (Mar. 11)was 1-3 in shootout attempts.
2006 PLAYOFFS: Made Stanley Cup Playoff debut, scoring 4-6-10 with 24 PIM in 24 gamesplayed in 1st post-season game at Detroit in Game 1 of CQF (Apr. 21) & scored first playoff point with ENG in Game 2 (Apr. 23)involved in 2 GWG vs Detroit, netting GWG in double OT of Game 3 (Apr. 25) & assisting on Ales Hemksy's winner in Game 6 (Apr. 29)had one multiple point game with 0-2-2 vs Detroit (Apr. 29)put together a three-game scoring streak in CSF vs San Jose, scoring 2-1-3 in Games 3-5 (May 10-14)scored 0-2-2 with 8 PIM in 7 games vs Carolina in SCF.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Originally Calgary's 3rd choice, 46th overall, in 2000 NHL Entry Draftre-entered NHL Entry Draft & was selected by Edmonton in 2nd round of 2002 draft2004-05: Named MVP of the Edmonton Road Runners, scoring 21-17-38 in 66 games for Edmonton's AHL affiliatewas fourth in scoring on the Road Runners, while he led the team in plus/minus (+13) and shots on goal (224)tied for third in both goals and powerplay goals (7)2003-04: First full NHL season saw him establish single-season career-highs in games, goals, assists, points & PIMwas 12th on Oilers scoring list & 9th in goals as he registered 10-11-21 with 40 PIM and was +8 in 68 GPwas among NHL rookie leaders in games (24th), goals (14th), assists (25th), points (21st), plus/minus (8th), shots (17th with 107), shooting pct. (11th at 9.3%), SHG (3rd with 1) and shorthanded scoring (6th with 1-0-1)netted 1st career Oilers/NHL goal at NY Rangers (Nov. 10)2002-03: First professional season saw him spend majority of campaign with Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), but did play four games with Oilersscored 0-1-1 with 0 PIM in 4 GP with Edmontonrecalled by Edmonton on Jan. 29 and made his Oilers/NHL debut vs Minnesota (Jan. 29)scored 1st career Oilers/NHL point with an assist in his first gamemade professional debut with Hamilton, scoring 21-33-54 with 86 PIM & was +15 in 76 GPwas 4th in scoring on the Bulldogs & 1st among Edmonton farmhandswas 3rd in both goals & assists, 4th in PIM, 8th in plus/minushelped lead Hamilton to Calder Cup Final as Bulldogsscored 5-8-13 with 25 PIM & was +5 in 23 playoff GP to finish 5th in post-season scoringwas 6th in goals, 5th in assists, 6th in PIM & 9th in plus/minusJUNIOR: played four seasons with WHL's Kootenay Ice from 1998-99 to 2001-02 & had a brief stint with Edmonton Ice in 1997-98scored 124-162-286 in 245 games with the IceWHL's 4th leading scorer in 2000-01, reaching the century mark with career-high 40-66-106 in 62 gamesnamed to the Canadian Major Junior first all-star team (2001)twice named to WHL first all-star team (2001 & 2002)member of WHL Western Conference All-Star Team in 2001-02 Hershey Cup All-Star seriescaptained Kootenay to Memorial Cup championship in 2001-02finished tied for 7th in tournament scoring with 0-5-5 in 4 GP also appeared in 2000 Memorial Cup with KootenayINTERNATIONAL: represented Canada three times, including twice in IIHF World Jr. Championshipswon bronze medal in 2001 & captained Canada to silver medal in 2002won gold medal with Canadian U-18 Team at 4-Nations Cup in 1999.
HOW ACQUIRED: Edmonton's 3rd choice (2nd round), 36th overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft.