2006-07: Split season between Oilers and their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…scored 4-7-11 with 18 PIM in 46 GP with Edmonton…switched sweater number to 78 from 36, which he wore during 2005-06…twice recalled from the minors (Nov. 29 & Feb. 8)…made season debut with Oilers vs. Colorado (Nov. 30) and scored 1st career Oilers/NHL assist…scored 1st goal of the season at Colorado (Dec. 15)…registered 1st Oilers/NHL PIM with a tripping minor at Vancouver (Dec. 4)...his goal at Toronto (Feb. 17) came on a penalty shot vs. Andrew Raycroft at 17:51 of the 2nd period…registered 1st career multiple-point game with 1-1-2 vs. Atlanta (Feb. 11) & his 2nd with a career-high two assists vs. Calgary (Mar. 3)…scored 14-17-31 with 20 PIM in 33 games at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…was assigned to the minors following the conclusion of the Oilers season and scored 5-5-10 with 4 PIM in 11 playoff games to rank 3rd on the Penguins post-season scoring list.
2005-06: Made pro debut…spent majority of season with Hamilton (AHL)…scored 15-31-46 with 63 PIM in 65 games to finish 3rd on the Bulldogs scoring list…was 2nd in assists & 7th in goals…named Bulldogs MVP in a vote of his teammates and was also named Hamilton’s top rookie by the Bulldogs broadcast team…was recalled from Hamilton on Mar. 13/06 and made his NHL debut vs. Los Angeles (Mar. 30 /06)…scored 1st career Oilers/NHL goal and point vs. Phoenix (Apr. 3/06, Curtis Joseph).
JUNIOR: a linemate of Sidney Crosby’s with Rimouski (QMJHL), he scored 45-69-114 with 83 PIM in 70 games to finish 3rd in the QMJHL scoring race in 2004-05…named to QMJHL first all-star team in 2004-05 as he established career highs in games, goals, assists and points…helped lead Rimouski to the Memorial Cup Final, losing to London in the CHL final…won the George Parsons Trophy as the Memorial Cup’s most sportsmanlike player…in four seasons (2001-02 to 2004-05) with Rimouski, he scored 111-157-268 with 277 PIM in 204 games.
FIRST NHL GAME: Mar. 30, 2006 vs. Los Angeles.
FIRST NHL GOAL: Apr. 3, 2006 vs. Phoenix (Curtis Joseph).