The 6′ 203 lbs. forward was an Oklahoma City Barons‘ training camp invite and impressed enough to score a call-up for 8 games near the start of the season, potting a goal and an assist quickly but then cooled off before being returned a month later.
He would get right to it in the ECHL, where he struck for 19 goals and 16 assists in 35 games.
His explosion on the score sheet gained him notice from Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who signed him to a pto and out of the gate he’s fitting right in with team chemistry.
Again, he scored early in his recall netting a pair of tallies and a helper in his first three contests.
Originally a Washington Capitals‘ 5th round pick in the 2008 draft (#144 overall), he had a notable junior hockey career scoring a league leading 53 goals in 2008/2009 and winning the WHL Championship with Calgary Hitmen in the following campaign.
The 24-year plays a speedy skating style, knows how to get himself into the open spaces on the ice for scoring chances and generally unloads a ton of shots on net.
Original story: 2/26-14
His time with Bridgeport Sound Tigers would finish with the 2 goals and 4 assists in 17 games.
Once again, he exploded on the score sheet potting 8 goals and 4 assists with a +5 rating in 16 playoff games.
Through 53 contests, he would have a somewhat rough campaign in Chocolatetown falling out of favor as he was mostly a healthy scratch down the stretch and throughout the Calder Cup Playoffs. It was obvious his 7 goals and 3 assists fell far short of the mark.
The now 25-year old that will turn 26 a month into the new season should easily be able to duplicate the kind of numbers he put in the ECHL overseas.