After his entry level deal was up at the end of the 2013/2014 season, it took the restricted free agent until almost the start of the his 2nd full campaign to agree to a new two-year contract.
He would put up a career high 29 assists and 31 points with a +11 rating in a best 80 NHL games.
Last season he also reached a new milestone in scoring putting together a team leading 8 goal mark.
The now 26-year may be just getting started now that he’s on the books going into his early 30’s with the hometown squad.
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He started the season in his third year of college hockey with Western Michigan University Broncos.
After completing their schedule, he signed a two-year entry level deal forgoing his final school campaign and joined the Red Wings to finish their lockout shortened schedule.
In 11 games he recorded his first point, an assist and appeared in a pair of playoff contests but was sidelined with a fractured thumb then moved on again.
The highly touted 6’3″ 190 lbs. blue liner was reassigned to continue his early development with minor league affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.
The 23-year old started his official rookie season on the NHL opening night roster and has played in all 19 games so far, netting his first tally and picking up 5 assists with a +6 rating.
His contract is up at the end of the current season but he’ll likely score himself a nice sized extension, continue to look forward to improve his overall game and be one tough d-man to match up against.