He skated in six games on his first recall of 2014/2015 before being reassigned and recalled just a few weeks later to rest a veteran blue liner down the stretch.
The rugged style 6’2″ 222 lbs. blue liner was on the ice for 18 shifts playing 10:16 with :25 in a short handed situation in a 2-1 win over the other first place in the Eastern Conference team, New York Islanders.
He had a shot on net, a pair of hits but also coughed up the puck a couple of times; rookie pressure error.
Signed initially to a tw0-year entry level deal after a four year stint at University Of Michigan, where he won a NCAA/CCHA Championship as a sophomore in 2010, he is in the prospect system through 2016.
The 24-year old can definitely put up numbers: 2nd in goals last season and has done better in 3 years of the AHL with affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs than he did in college and has that rugged battler upside as well.
A late cut from training camp this season, it’s almost a sure bet that he ends up with a good amount of time at Bell Center in the future.
Original story: 3/15-15
Upon his 2nd recall he stayed through the end of the regular season appearing in a total of 17 NHL games scoring no points, and then skated 7 Stanley Cup Playoff contests getting his first three points, all assists with a +2 rating.
Impressed enough with his performance, the Canadiens made sure the sturdy blue liner didn’t look elsewhere and got him under a new 2-year contract that extends him into 2017/2018.
The recently turned 25-year old is expected to make the big club out of training camp for 2015/2016 and will become a presence to be reckoned with on their blue line.