|DRAFTED:||NSH: 2008-38 overall|
|2012:13: Ranked sixth on the team in points (5g-13a-18pts), topping his 52-game total from his rookie campaign in 2011-12… Tied for third on the team in assists… Led the team in ice time on nine occasions in 2012-13, and saw his average ice time go up by more than five minutes from his rookie campaign (from 18:23 to 23:31)… Ranked 19th in the NHL in total minutes played (1,129:25)… One of three Preds to appear in all 48 of the team’s games… four of his five goals were scored in the final 7:30 of regulation/overtime… Posted 11 points (2g-9a) in the final 20 games of 2012-13, including a career-high five-game point streak from March 15-23 (2g-6a-8pts)… Played in his 100th career NHL game in the 2012-13 season finale on April 27 at Columbus… Posted the first four-point outing (2g-2a) of his career on Feb. 25 vs. Dallas including his first career game-winning goal in overtime. It was the fifth time in franchise history a defenseman has posted four or more points in a game, and his second-career multi-point effort… Played with his hometown team, SC Bern from September-January, posting 17 points (6g-11a) in 26 games… The first Swiss player to be named Most Valuable Player, Best Defenseman and a tournament All-Star at the 2013 World Championships… Helped Switzerland to a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships, the nation’s first medal in 60 years… Led all tournament defensemen in goals (4) and points (9) at the World Championships… Led Switzerland in points and average ice time (20:08).
2011-12: Posted four points (1g-3a) in five games with Milwaukee (AHL) from Nov. 12-20 before being recalled permanently on Nov. 25… Tied for fourth among rookie defensemen in goals (5), and seventh in points (16)… Also ranked fourth among first-year skaters in blocked shots (98)… Nashville went 34-15-3 with him in the lineup vs. 14-11-5 without him… Tallied his first multiple-point game (2a) against San Jose on Feb. 25… Missed the first month of the regular season due to an injury sustained in training camp… Joined Switzerland at the 2012 World Championships, recording an assist while playing in the team’s final three games of the tournament. PLAYOFFS: Tied for the team lead in penalty minutes (10)… Ranked second among rookies in average ice time (18:47).
2010-11: One of just three American Hockey League rookie defensemen to post at least 40 points (6g-34a-40pts) during his first North American season with Milwaukee… Tied for 11th among AHL blueliners, and led the Admirals, in assists… Ranked fourth among AHL defensemen and paced the Admirals in shots on goal (182), and tied for fifth at the position in power-play assists (22)… Led all AHL defenders in shootout goals (4) and attempts (10). Also tied for the Milwaukee team lead in shootout attempts… Led the Admirals in power-play points (3g-22a-25pts)… Ranked ninth among AHL blueliners in 2011 Calder Cup Playoff points (1g-6a-7pts) despite playing in only two of a possible four rounds… Tied for the Milwaukee team lead in power-play points (1g-3a-4pts) during the 2011 postseason.
AMATEUR/CAREER NOTES: Helped SC Bern win both the Swiss League regular season and playoff titles in 2009-10… Paced all blueliners, and tied for fourth overall, in goals (6) during the 2010 playoffs… Ranked second among defensemen, and tied for ninth among all skaters, in points (13) during Bern’s run to the 2010 NLA Playoff title… Limited to 26 of Bern’s 50 regular-season games in 2009-10 due to various injuries… Named to the Swiss team for the 2010 Olympic Games, but did not participate due to injury… Led Swiss defensemen in points (1g-2a-3pts) and plus/minus rating (+3) in at the 2010 World Championships… Played in Switzerland’s first four games at the 2010 World Junior Championships, notching three points (1g-2a), before being sidelined due to injury… Led all Swiss League junior players (under-20) in goals, assists and points (7g-17a-24pts) in 2008-09… Also ranked second among SC Bern defensemen in points, goals and assists, helping it to the 2008-09 regular-season title… Named Top Defenseman at the 2009 Division I World Junior Championships, which Switzerland won to earn promotion to the top division in 2010… Tied for first among blueliners in goals (3) and ranked second among defensemen in scoring (4) at the DI World Junior tournament … The youngest player on the Swiss roster, and third-youngest player overall, at the 2009 World Championships… One of just four 17-year-olds to play in Switzerland’s top division with SC Bern in 2007-08… Ranked fifth among Swiss League junior players (under-20) in points (8) and assists (6) in 2007-08… Represented Switzerland at both the World Junior Championships and the Under-18 World Championships in 2007 and 2008… Tied for the Swiss team lead in points (1g-4a) and tied for fourth in assists among tournament defensemen at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships.
BACKGROUND: Nickname “Yos”… Favorites include Virago (Nashville restaurant), Open by Andre Agassi (book), David Guetta (musician), Ibiza (vacation destination)… Enjoys playing tennis and would like to be an “oldies tennis pro” after his hockey career is completed… Favorites include The Hangover (movie), Avicii (musician), Will Ferrell (actor) and FC Barcelona (non-hockey uniform)… Of any venue, he’d most like to play a game at Wembley Stadium… Considers being in the ocean in the dark to be his greatest fear, and drinking chocolate milk to be his guilty pleasure.
TRANSACTIONS: June 21, 2008 – Nashville's third choice, 38th overall (second round), in 2008 Entry Draft.