|BIRTHPLACE:||Kitchener, ON, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||NSH: 2003-37 overall|
* Played his first full NHL season in 2008-09 after appearing in 18 games over three seasons from 2005-08.
* Took the fewest minor penalties (7) among Predators suiting up for at least 60 games.
* Recorded seven (4g-3a) of his 12 points (4g-6a) this season against the Central Division, and has scored all five career goals against intra-divisional foes.
* Played in all but one of Nashville's final 57 games of 2008-09 after dressing for only 7-of-25 games to start the season.
* Posted points/assists in back-to-back contests (3a) for the first time in his career Feb. 28-March 3.
* Registered his first career multi-point game with a pair of first-period assists vs. Edmonton on March 3.
* Recorded his first NHL fighting major in a 4-2 win vs. Anaheim on Feb. 5.
* Scored his first career power-play goal on on Feb. 10 vs. Detroit.
OT Points: none, Shootouts: none, Penalty Shots: none.
2008-09: Played his rookie season after appearing in 18 games over the three previous campaigns… Tied for fifth among rookie defensemen in goals (4) and 12th in points (12)… Recorded seven (4g-3a) of his 12 points against Central Division opponents, including all four goals… Posted points/assists in back-to-back contests (3a) for the first time in his career Feb. 28-March 3… Registered his first career multi-point outing with a pair of assists vs. Edmonton on March 3… Scored his first career power-play goal on Feb. 10 vs. Detroit.
2007-08: Appeared in 13 games in his first full season at the NHL level… Was reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on two occasions for conditioning assignments (Nov. 16-30 & Feb. 14-18)… Missed the first six games of the campaign due to injury.
2006-07: Appeared in two games with Nashville and scored his first career NHL goal on Jan. 26 at Chicago. It was his fourth career NHL game… Was recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) twice during the season (Nov. 20-24 and Jan. 26-28)… Ranked third among Milwaukee defensemen in scoring with 20 points (5g-15a-20pts) in 70 games.
2005-06: Was recalled from Milwaukee twice during the season (Dec. 3-4 and March 9-12)… Led Milwaukee defensemen in scoring (10g-33a-43pts) and ranked 13th among AHL backliners in points… Tied for second on the Admirals in shorthanded goals (2) and tied for third on the club with 76 games played… Tied for first on the team and fifth in the AHL with a +11 rating in the 2006 playoffs.
2004-05: Spent the majority of his first pro season with Milwaukee, including seven playoff contests… Also posted three points (2g-1a) in three games with Rockford (UHL).
AMATEUR: Captured a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships… Won the 2004 Ontario Hockey League championship as a member of the Guelph Storm… Tied for second on the Storm with 21 playoff points (10g-11a) and ranked third in playoff goals (10)… Named the OHL Western Conference’s best defensive defenseman in the 2004 OHL coaches’ poll, was named a Third-Team All-Star and played for the Western Conference at the 2004 OHL All-Star Classic… Served as an alternate captain for Toronto St. Michael’s in 2002-03 and finished third in team scoring (11g-33a-44pts)… Finished second in voting as the OHL Eastern Conference’s best defensive defenseman in the 2003 OHL coaches’ poll… Named the Majors’ most outstanding defenseman in 2003... Played for the OHL Eastern All-Stars in the CHL Hershey Cup All-Star Series… Tallied an assist at the 2003 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kitchener… Won a gold medal with Canada’s U-18 team at the 2001 Six Nations tournament in the Czech Republic… Played for Team Ontario at the 2001 U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia.
BACKGROUND: Enjoys golfing, biking and reading… Favorites include Tayst (Nashville restaurant), planetgreen.com (website), Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bob Marley (musicians) and the Green Bay Packers (non-hockey sports team)… Lists his favorite hockey moment as winning a gold medal with Canada’s U-18 team in 2001 at the Six Nations tournament in the Czech Republic and winning the 2004 Ontario Hockey League championship with Guelph… Nickname “Kleiner”… He and his wife Jody have a son, Joseph.
TRANSACTIONS: June 22, 2003 – Nashville’s third selection, 37th overall (second round), in the 2003 Entry Draft.