He skated in his first 23 NHL games during the next season scoring his first three goals with no assists and a -6 rating as a mostly fourth line energy player.
The 5’11” 200 lbs. forward was only recalled once late in 2014/2015 and appeared in 9 games adding another tally to his totals.
He is considered a team leader that plays a hard checking, energetic style.
He was named captain in his final year of juniors with Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, took on the role of assistant captain in his sophomore year with affiliate Portland Pirates and led them in his third campaign.
The 24-year old has always had decent campaigns in the AHL scoring 35 goals and 54 assists in 191 games with a +11 rating and seems to be on the cusp of his first full year up with the big club.