As a rookie he actually led the league in the helpers category with 37.
These numbers only continued the tear he was on in his pair of campaigns at Boston University, where he amassed 50 assists in 77 games.
The bigger than he seems 5’11” 190 lbs. blue liner is in the third and final season of his 3-year entry level contract and had yet to realize his dream of a recall with the big club.
But that all changed recently as he was summoned to play his first game in the show.
The 22-year old made it count scoring his first NHL goal on his first shot on net
He’s currently holding his place on the team roster and added an assist (of course) in his second appearance.
He has now been a part of 4 games skating an average of 18 shifts for 13 and a half minutes of ice time with the Blackhawks and could very well stick.
Original story: 11/25-14
Almost humorously he is sent back down less than a week later and gets traded to Vancouver Canucks a month and a half after that.
He would stay with the NHL team for the next two months skating in a total of 17 games scoring a pair of assists.
At the end of March, he was reassigned to join affiliate Utica Comets for their playoff push.
In 11 AHL games he contributed a goal and 4 assists with a +4 rating and once the Calder Cup Playoffs arrived he was a shutdown machine with a +7 plus/minus and also chipped in 3 goals and 5 assists in 23 games that took the team all the way to the Finals.
The restricted free agent signed a new deal for one-year with his new squad for 2015/2016 and is expected to compete hard for a permanent spot on the parent club. He’s easily earned his way.
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