|BIRTHPLACE:||Detroit, MI, USA|
|DRAFTED:||NSH: 1998-2 overall|
* Posted the second 20-goal campaign of his nine-season career. Finished third on the club in goals (20).
* Moved into first on the club's all-time games played (622) and assists (228) lists in 2008-09.
* Led all Predator forwards in average ice time with a career high (19:26).
* Led Nashville in shorthanded goals (3) and points (4), both career highs.
* Only one of his 20 tallies came on the power play, with three coming while shorthanded and 16 while at even-strength.
* 15 of his 20 goals came at home, second-highest on the club.
* Scored 14 of his goals in 37 games after the turn of the calendar after posting 14 tallies the entire 2008 calendar year (6 in 36 games during the first-half of 2008-09 season; 1 in six 2008 playoff games; 7 in 28 games during the second-half of the 2007-08 season).
* Missed the final nine games of the regular season with a facial fracture.
* Notched 11 points (6g-5a) in his final 13 games of the season.
* Reached the 20-goal mark for the second time in his career on March 14 at Phoenix with an empty netter.
* Logged the two highest ice times of his career in a two-game span March 10-12. He played a career-high 26:27 vs. Washington, and 26:23 vs. N.Y. Rangers. Has logged at least 23:00 of ice time in five consecutive games and has skated over 20:00 of ice time in 17 of his last 18 games.
* Tied a career high with a five-game point streak (5g-2a) Feb. 24-March 5.
* Posted a career-high four-game goal streak (5g) from Feb. 24-March 3. Streak tied for the longest by a Predator this season.
* Scored both of Nashville's goals - and notched his first career shootout goal, the game-decider, for his second consecutive multi-point effort Feb. 14 vs. Boston.
* Posted his second multi-assist game of the season on Feb. 12 vs. St. Louis to pass Kimmo Timonen for first on the franchise's all-time assists list (223).
* Notched an assist on Feb. 6 vs. Anaheim, his 600th career NHL game.
* Passed Kimmo Timonen for most games played in Predators history (574) on Dec. 4 vs. Colorado. Also scored his club-record 30th career (all with Nashville) game-winning goal with just 0.3 remaining in the first period Dec. 4 vs. Colorado.
Nashville's franchise leader in nearly every offensive category - goals, assists, game-winning goals, multi-point games, points, overtime points and overtime goals. Also the leader in games played.
OT Points: 5g-5a-10pts, Shootouts: 1-4, 25%, Penalty Shots: 3 - Dec. 23, 2006 vs. L.A. (Cloutier): goal, Nov. 5, 2005 at L.A. (LaBarbera): no goal, Dec. 23, 2000 at NY Rangers (McLean): goal - first successful OT penalty shot in NHL History.
2009-10: One of three Predators to appear in all 82 games, doing so for the second time in his career… Led all team forwards in average ice time (18:42)… Scored 10 of his 11 goals at even strength, with the other being one of five shorthanded markers by the team… 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)… Also set a career high in blocked shots (46)… Ranked second on the Predators in both shootout goals (4) and shootout attempts (9)… Assessed a career-low 24 penalty minutes… Played in his 700th career contest on March 30 vs. Los Angeles… Notched his 400th career point with an assist on Feb. 10 at N.Y. Rangers. PLAYOFFS: Paced the team in points (2g-5a-7pts) during its six-game WCQ series vs. Chicago, tying franchise records for points and assists in a series. The output moved him into a tie for first on the club’s all-time playoff points list (4g-9a)… Posted his first career postseason multi-point/assist outing in Game One (2a)… Became the second player in franchise history to post three-or-more points in a playoff contest in Game Three (1g-2a).
2008-09: Posted the second 20-goal season of his career, ranking for third on the club (20) in the category… Paced the club 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) and face-off efficiency (509-1023, 49.8%)… Scored 15 of his 20 goals on home ice… Scored 14 of his goals in 37 games after the turn of the calendar after posting 14 tallies the entire 2008 calendar year… 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… Recorded his 200th career assist at Los Angeles on Jan. 8… Notched three points (1g-2a) in the third period of a come-from-behind victory at Montreal on Dec. 1. His first point (goal) gave him sole possession of first on the franchise’s all-time scoring list… 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: Played in all five of Nashville’s WCQ games vs. San Jose… Tied for the team lead in assists (3) and shots (14) 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)… Appeared in all six of Nashville’s playoff tilts.
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 New York 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)… Ranked among NHL rookie leaders in power-play goals (ranked eighth with 4), goals (13th), points (16th) and assists (17th)… 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.
TRANSACTIONS: June 26, 1998 – Nashville’s first selection, second overall (first round), in the 1998 Entry Draft.