2009-10: Tied for third on the team in assists (28), and ranked fifth in both goals (17) and points (45)… Finished the season a +8, the second-highest mark of his 11-season career… Tied for seventh among NHL forwards in road plus/minus rating (+13)… Moved past Scott Walker and into fourth on both the franchise’s all-time points (248) and assists (165) lists… Collected his 300th career assist on April 7 at Phoenix… Notched his 500th career point as part of a two-goal effort on March 11 at San Jose… Scored his 200th career goal on March 4 at Detroit… Scored his first career shorthanded goal on Jan. 7 vs. Carolina… Played in his 700th career game Dec. 5 vs. Minnesota… Tied the franchise mark for most points in a single game (1g-4a) and posted the fifth four-plus assist performance in team history in a 6-5 overtime win at Ottawa on Oct. 22. PLAYOFFS: Tied for third on the team in playoff scoring with four points (2g-2a) in six games. He is now tied for first on the franchise’s all-time playoff goals scored list (6) and tied for third in all-time postseason points (13)… Scored the game-tying and game-winning goals during the third period of Nashville’s Game One victory at Chicago (WCQ), the first road win in franchise history.
2008-09: Posted a career high in assists (49), and led the club in both assists and points (65)… The assist total was the third-highest in franchise history… Paced the team in power-play points (22) and power-play assists (17) with career highs in both categories… One of five players to appear in all 82 of Nashville’s games… Tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (4)… Ranked second among club forwards in shots (176)… Scored 12 of his 16 goals (75%) on the road… Nashville’s nominee for both the King Clancy and NHL Foundation awards.
2007-08: Set career highs in both goals (29) and points (72), pacing the team in tallies and finishing tied for first on the club in points. Both totals rank first in franchise history among right wings… Tied a franchise record and set a career high in game-winning goals (8)… Set a career high in average time on ice (18:29)… Paced the club in shooting percentage (15.1%) while ranking second on the team in shots on goal with a career-high (192)… Ranked second on the club in power-play markers (7)… Hit the 20-goal mark for the sixth time in his career… Recorded a franchise-record 16-game point streak Dec. 29 – Jan. 31 (8g-14a). The stretch included a pair of five-game assist streaks, and a six-game goal-scoring streak from Dec. 29-Jan. 8 which tied a franchise high… Earned NHL Second Star of the Month honors in January after posting a point in all 14 games during the month (6g-14a). PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s postseason contests, registering two assists.
2006-07: Ranked second on the club in both assists (45) and points (66)… Posted a career-high +14 rating… One of three Predators to skate in all 82 contests… Posted a goal and an assist in his 500th career NHL game on March 3 at Los Angeles… Scored his first goal as a Predator 39 seconds into Nashville’s season opener on Oct. 5 vs. Chicago. PLAYOFFS: Led the team in goals (4), points (6) and plus/minus rating (+4) and ranked second among Nashville forwards in ice time (21:02) in the club’s WCQ series vs. San Jose… Scored two goals in each of Nashville’s first two playoff games, becoming the first Predator (along with Alexander Radulov who also scored twice in Game One) to net playoff multi-goal games… Scored the game-winning shorthanded goal in Nashville’s 5-2 win in Game Two (April 13) vs. San Jose… Posted points in each of his first four contests (4g-2a-6pts).
CAREER NOTES: Despite missing 28 games due to injury (sports hernia), recorded 20 goals for the fourth time in five NHL seasons in 2005-06… Finished third on the Sabres in post-season goals (7) and fourth in points (7g-7a-14pts) as Buffalo advanced to Game Seven of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals… Netted the overtime game-winner for Buffalo on May 10, 2006 vs. Ottawa (Game Three of the ECS)… Recorded a hat trick and four points (3g-1a) in Buffalo’s 8-2 win over Philadelphia (Game Two of the ECQ) on April 24, 2006… Recorded a career-high in power-play goals (10) with Buffalo in 2003-04… Posted his 100th NHL goal on March 27, 2004 at Pittsburgh… Wore the captain’s “C” for Buffalo in Jan. 2004… Represented Team Canada at the 2004 World Championships… Tied for third on the Sabres in scoring (14g-21a-35pts) in 2002-03… Finished second on the Sabres in goals and fourth in points (23g-21a-44pts) in 2001-02… Led the 2000-01 Sabres with nine power-play goals and tied for third on the team with four playoff goals… Made his NHL playoff debut on April 11, 2001 at Philadelphia… Finished the 1999-00 season with Rochester (AHL) and tallied 17 points (7g-10a) in 13 regular-season games… Led Rochester (AHL) in playoff goals (14) in 2000 as the Americans advanced to the AHL Calder Cup Finals… Opened his first pro season (1998-99) with Portland (AHL) before being recalled by Chicago (NHL) on Nov. 11, 1998. Made his NHL debut the following day vs. Toronto… Named NHL Rookie of the Month for April 1999 after posting eight points (5g-3a) and a +5 rating in five games… Notched four points (3g-1a), including his first career hat trick, on April 8, 1999 vs. the NY Rangers. One of three NHL rookies to notch a hat trick in 1998-99… His first NHL goal was the game-winner (and part of a two-goal night) on March 6, 1999 at San Jose… Led all AHL rookies in 1998-99 with 32 goals and 12 power-play goals and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team… Named AHL Player of the Week twice in 1998-99… Played in the 1999 AHL All-Star Classic… Joined the IHL’s Chicago Wolves for the 1999 playoffs and helped them advance to the conference finals.
AMATEUR: Had his number retired by Val-d-‘Or (QMJHL) on Dec. 2, 2007… Played five seasons (1993-1998) with Val d-Or, notching 351 points (163g-188a) in 256 QMJHL games… Helped lead Val d’Or to the 1998 QMJHL Championship and finished second in the QMJHL in goals (57) in 1997-98… Won the 1998 Guy Lafleur Trophy as most valuable player of the QMJHL playoffs after posting 31 goals and 15 assists (31g-15a-46pts) in 19 playoff games… Named a 1996-97 QMJHL Second Team All-Star… Won the 1996 QMJHL Michael Bossy Trophy as best professional prospect… Played for Canada at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Finland.
BACKGROUND: Nickname “Jean” or “Dewie”… Active in a number of community-service initiatives… Favorites include Peter’s Sushi (Nashville restaurant), tbs.com (website), Bell Centre in Montreal (arena to visit) and Italy (vacation destination)… If he could have met any historical figure, it would have been Ben Franklin… Has a dog named Jack… Wife – Kristin; Daughters – Ella, Ava and Laila.