He was also named MVP in both those seasons with a combined 14 goals and 12 assists in 24 playoff games.
These scoring totals were much in line with his last three seasons of juniors, where he averaged a point-per-game.
His point totals were even half decent at 12 goals and 17 assists in 42 AHL games with a +7 rating.
For 2014/2015 he decided to return home and seek out a deal closer to home.
Arizona Coyotes unceremoniously signed him to a one-year, two-way contract. He was on the opening night roster after a fantastic training camp in which he netted a team high 4 preseason goals.
Although very much pleasantly surprised by his efforts, he sat the first two games as a healthy scratch before being reassigned to minor league affiliate Portland Pirates. He played three games at the beginning of their season, recording no points.
Recalled quickly due to an injury, he made his NHL debut count, scoring the game-tying goal on his only shot on net, skated 16 shifts and 11:27 total time on ice with 2 penalty minutes.
The 26-year old has made quite the journey through 3 minor leagues and 2 pro leagues overseas to finally get his opportunity in the show.
Original story: 10/28-14
He just may make the parent club out of training camp, but even if he heads to start the season with affiliate Chicago Wolves he’ll likely be one of the first from the farm club to get summoned.