He was a local player, born on Long Island in Smithtown, NY.
It would be a big surprise if he failed to make the team.
In 2011/2012, his third AHL season with Bridgeport Sound Tigers the 24-year old put up career highs in just about every category scoring 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points, finishing 5th on the team.
He was also a +3 plus/minus and connected with 117 shots on net.
Still, the 5’10” 177 lbs. is relatively small and not always as strong on the puck as he should be, so found himself in and out of the lineup at times and was even reassigned to the ECHL Chicago Express for a wake-up weekend.
It actually worked because his point production soared afterwards.