Signed a one-year, entry-level NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent on March 29, 2012.
2011-12: Notched one assist and two PIM in five games with Rochester… Recorded his first professional point with an assist in his pro debut against Toronto on 3/30… Signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres and an ATO with Rochester on 3/29… Played his senior season at the University of Maine (H-East), capturing career-highs in assists (30) and points (48) in 40 games with the Black Bears… His 48 points ranked second on the team and ninth among all NCAA Division I skaters, earning him Hockey East First-Team honors… Scored 18 goals, including seven power-play tallies and four game-winning goals, which was tied for 16th in the nation… Posted team-leading +18 on-ice rating, while serving as captain… Registered 156 points (69+87) in 153 games during his four-year career at the University of Maine, finishing 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list… Named an All New England All-Star, Named Hockey East Player of the Week (10/10) and Named to the Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team… Finished third in the voting for the Walter Brown Award, given annually to the top American-born college hockey player in New England… Played in 152 consecutive games, having missed just one game during his collegiate career (lone miss was 10/18/2008 at University of Alaska Fairbanks… Scored Maine’s lone goal in the Hockey East Championship game against top-ranked Boston College… Had two goals in wins over UMass on 12/30 and 2/17… Had a goal and three assists at Vermont on 12/02… Tallied overtime game-winning goals against New Hampshire in Frozen Fenway and against Providence on 10/28… Scored a goal and added four assists in Maine’s 6-3 win over Northeastern on 10/09
2010-11: Saw action in 36 games for the Black Bears in his junior campaign... Led the team in goals scored with 20 and added 16 assists for 36 points... Tallied five power-play goals... Named Hockey East Player of the Week on Oct 25, Dec. 13 and Jan. 17... Earned the Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award presented by Hockey East following the season... Scored points in 24 of Maine’s 36 games... Ended the season by scoring a point in nine straight games… Notched his 100th career point with an assist at UMass Lowell on 2/19... Recorded a hat trick in Maine’s 4-1 win over UMass on 12/12... Scored two goals and added an assist for three points against Providence on 1/14... Scored a pair of goals against North Dakota on 10/22, Providence on 1/14 and UMass Lowell on 2/18... Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team… 2009-10: Had an outstanding sophomore campaign... Named Hockey East Player of the Week twice during the season (12/14 and 2/22)... Also earned Inside College National Player of the Week honors (2/22)... Named Hockey East Player of the Month for February after scoring 10 goals and adding five assists for 15 points... Saw action in all 39 games for the Black Bears... Finished second on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points... His 19 goals finished tied with Gustav Nyquist for the team-lead... Tallied eight power-play goals, which was tied for second most on the team... Had five goals and two assists in Maine’s 8-4 victory over UMass Lowell on 2/19, tying a school-record for goals in a game... His seven points set a school mark for points in a game... Had two goals and three assists for five points in Maine’s 10-1 win over St. Lawrence on 11/28... Had a six-game point streak from 2/19 to 3/06 with nine goals and four assists during that span... Also had a seven-game point streak... Set Maine’s longest active games played streak, having played in 73 straight games... Had a pair of game-winning goals... 2008-09: Saw action in 38 games for the Black Bears his rookie season... Finished second on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points... Tied for second on the team in power-play goals with five... Had five multi-point games... Had a seven-game point streak late in the season… Recorded first two-goal game at UMass on 2/21... Notched a goal and added an assist to have a hand in both goals in Maine’s game at Vermont on 11/29… Added an assist at Providence on 11/15 to extend his scoring streak to five games... Had first multi-point game with a pair of assists against Providence on 11/14… Named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on 11/10 after scoring the game-winning goal with just 1:34 remaining in the game against second-ranked Boston College... Tallied first career goal against the Niagara Purple Eagles on 11/1… Recorded first career point with an assist in Maine’s 4-2 win over Niagara on 10/31… Also had goals against Northeastern (12/5), Union (12/12), St. Cloud (12/28), Bentley (1/16), Boston College (1/24), UMass (2/20) and UMass Lowell (3/06).