|BIRTHPLACE:||Detroit, MI, USA|
|DRAFTED:||NSH: 1998-2 overall|
|CAREER NOTES: Enters 2013-14 as Nashville’s all-time leader in points (526), goals (200), assists (326), games played (894), game-winning goals (39) and overtime points (9g-8a-17pts). Also atop the franchise’s playoff leaderboard in points (28), goals (13), assists (tie, 15), games played (47), game-winning goals (3) and shorthanded goals (3)… Tied for 20th all-time in overtime goals (9)… Was Nashville's first-ever draft selection and the club's first first-round pick to play in the NHL.
2012-13: Posted 18 points (9g-9a) in the final 25 regular-season games of the season to finish second in the category… Led the team in goals for the second time in his career with 12… Set a career high in face-off efficiency (359-of-721, 50.2 percent)… Nashville’s only forward to appear in all 48 games… Recorded his highest shooting percentage in six seasons, and the second highest of his career (15.4 percent)… One of three Predators to finish with multiple game-winning goals (2)… Scored his 200th career goal on April 23 vs. Calgary, becoming the first player in franchise history to attain the mark… Seven of his 12 goals this season came in the third period, meaning 19 of his 31 goals scored in 2011-12 and 2012-13 came in the third period or overtime… Moved into sixth place in goals among Michigan-born NHLers, seventh in points, and eighth in assists.
2011-12: Ranked second on the team in points (19g-34a-53pts), the second highest total of his career, and third in both goals and assists… Tied a career high in power-play goals (5)... Became the first player in franchise history to hit the 500-point mark for his career with two assists against Chicago on March 31… Became the first player to play 800 games for the club on Dec. 26 vs. Detroit… Recorded the team’s lone four-point game (2g-2a) of the season on Oct. 8 at St. Louis. PLAYOFFS: Tied for the team lead in goals (3), points (6) and penalty minutes (10)… Became the first player in franchise history to score multiple game-winning goals in a playoff season (2)… Scored the series-clinching goal in Game Five of the WCQ vs. Detroit.
2010-11: Led all forwards in average ice time for the third consecutive season (18:48)… Led the team with two shorthanded goals/points… Recorded 17 (10g-7a) of his 41 points in the third period or overtime… Nashville went 13-2-1 when he scored a goal… Posted 15 points (7g-8a) in 15 March games, including his first career six-game point streak March 17-26 (6g-3a-9pts)… Missed 18 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: His point (6g-3a-9pts) and goal totals for the postseason were the second-highest totals in franchise history… Tied the franchise record for goals in a series (4) in the WCS vs. Vancouver… The only player in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs to score multiple shorthanded goals (2)… Led Nashville forwards in average ice time (22:06).
2009-10: One of three Predators to appear in all 82 games, doing so for the second time in his career… Nashville went 10-0-1 when he scored… Set career highs and paced the team in both face-offs won (538) and draws taken (1,124). PLAYOFFS: Paced the team in points (2g-5a-7pts) during its six-game WCQ series vs. Chicago, tying a franchise record for assists in a series (5)… Posted his first career postseason multi-point/assist outing in Game One (2a).
2008-09: Posted the second 20-goal season of his career, ranking third on the club (20) in the category… Paced the club in shorthanded goals (3), shorthanded points (4) and all forwards in average ice time (19:26), all of which were career highs… Also notched career highs in shots (175)… Missed the final nine games of the regular season with a facial fracture.
2007-08: Nashville posted an 11-1-1 record when he scored a goal… Moved into first on the franchise’s all-time points list with a goal on Dec. 1 at Montreal… Signed a six-year contract on Dec. 7, 2008… Missed 17 games due to injury, including the final 12 of the regular season. PLAYOFFS: Played in three of the club’s six postseason games… Missed Game One of the WCQ vs. Detroit, the first postseason game in franchise history he had not appeared in… Scored a goal in his return to the lineup in Game Three.
2006-07: Posted career-highs in goals (27), assists (36) and points (63)… Led the team with a career-high seven game-winning goals, tied for the team lead in goals and ranked third on the club in scoring… Led Nashville with a career-high, franchise-record +23 rating… Nashville posted a record of 17-2-2 in games in which he scored… Scored a goal 11 seconds into Nashville’s April 5 game vs. St. Louis, setting a franchise record for the earliest goal… Netted his 100th career goal on Feb. 22 vs. Montreal… Named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week of Jan. 15-21 after posting nine points (5g-4a) and three game-winning goals in four games… Recorded his first career hat trick and four-point game on Jan. 20 vs. Chicago. His third tally (97th of his career) pushed him past Scott Walker as the franchise’s all-time leader in goals… Scored a shorthanded penalty-shot goal on Dec. 23 vs. Los Angeles. PLAYOFFS: Tied for the team lead in assists (3) and led Nashville forwards in average ice time (22:23)… Tallied assists (3a) in three straight games (April 13-18).
2005-06: Five of his seven goals were game-winners, tying him for second on the club… Nashville went 30-9-5 with him in the lineup… Scored the overtime game-winner on March 9 at Vancouver six seconds into the OT session. It tied the modern-era NHL record for quickest overtime tally… Limited to 44 games by a knee injury. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all five of Nashville’s post-season games vs. San Jose.
2004-05: Notched a league-leading 39 points (16g-23a) in 19 playoff games, helping EHC Basel (Swiss-2) capture a league championship… Played for Team USA at the 2005 World Championships in Austria.
2003-04: Played a career-high 82 games… One of four Predators to appear in all 82 games… Led the team in game-winning goals, tied for first in overtime points (1g-2a) and tied for second in goals. PLAYOFFS: Scored the first shorthanded playoff goal in franchise history in Game Three of the WCQ vs. Detroit (April 11).
2002-03: Led the team in scoring (17g-31a-48pts), multi-point games (11) and face-offs (1,095), ranked second in shots (167), and third in goals (17)… Named the Predators’ Chevy Man of the Year (community service)… Missed the final 18 games of the season due to a broken collarbone.
2001-02: Posted a career-high 54 penalty minutes… Notched two goals and two assists in the TOPPS/NHL YoungStars Game on Feb. 1.
2000-01: Ranked second on the team in shots (172)… Ranked fourth in points (41) and assists (28)... Tallied the first overtime penalty-shot goal in NHL history on Dec. 23 at the NY Rangers... Played for Team USA at the 2001 World Championships in Germany, tying for second on the club in scoring (2g-4a-6pts).
1999-00: Led Predators rookies in goals (13), assists (15) and points (28)… Scored his first NHL goal, the game-winner, as part of his first multi-point outing (1g-1a) on Oct. 11 at Toronto… Recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on the game-tying goal on Oct. 10 at Chicago… Scored one goal and added an assist for Team USA at the 2000 World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1998-99: Signed with the Predators on April 16 and made his NHL debut in the Predators' final regular-season game on April 17 vs. New Jersey… Ranked third on the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) in points (80) and goals (31) and ranked second on the team in assists (49)… Played for Team USA in the 1999 World Championships.
AMATEUR: Named the CHL Rookie of the Year, OHL Rookie of the Year, OHL Most Valuable Player and a member of the OHL First All-Star Team and OHL All-Rookie Team in 1998… Became the first rookie in 24 years to capture MVP honors in the OHL and only the second U.S.-born player to be named MVP (Pat Peake in 1993)… Led all OHL rookies and ranked third in the league in points (105) in 1997-98… Led Plymouth in goals (54), assists (51) and points in 1997-98… Played for Team USA in the 1998 & 1999 World Junior (U-20) Championships… Named an NAHL All-Star and league Rookie of the Year with Compuware in 1996-97.
BACKGROUND: Gives to the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation… Enjoys boating and golfing… Spends his summers in Detroit… Favorites include SportsCenter (TV show), Bruce Springsteen (band/musician), pasta (food) and Florida (vacation spot)… If he didn’t play hockey, he would be a teacher… His NHL debut is his favorite hockey memory… Enjoys Nashville for the people and the weather… Nickname: “Leggy”... Has a black lab named Riley… Wife – Lindsey, Son – Ryder, Daughter – Ella.
TRANSACTIONS: June 26, 1998 – Nashville’s first selection, second overall (first round), in the 1998 Entry Draft.