2009-10: Set a career high in assists (21)… Also posted personal bests in shots (134) and average ice time (17:32)… The team went 23-2-1 when he registered a point, and is 20-4-3 since the start of the 2008-09 season when he scores a goal… Tied a personal best in power-play goals (3)… Ranked third on the club in even-strength assists (20)… Finished tied for 16th among NHL forwards in both blocked shots (62) and takeaways (62)… Ranked second among team forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (1:56)… Notched his first career three-point game (1g-2a) on Nov. 17 vs. San Jose… Played in his 100th career NHL contest on Oct. 29 vs. Chicago… Nashville’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy… Missed 11 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Tied for second on the team in goals (2) and third in points (4)… Notched an assist in his NHL playoff debut in Game One… Scored his first career playoff goal and posted a +3 rating in Game Three… Scored the fourth shorthanded goal in the club’s playoff history in Game Five as part of his first career multi-point performance in the playoffs (1g-1a).
2008-09: Tied for fourth on the club in goals (17) and ranked third in shooting percentage (12.8%)... One of three Predators to notch multiple shorthanded goals (2)… Tied for eighth among NHL forwards in blocked shots (69)… Led Nashville forwards in takeaways (60)… Posted the first multi-goal/point game of his career with a pair, including the game winner, in a 3-0 victory over Dallas on Dec. 13… Posted two four-game point streaks (3g-4a, Feb. 24-March 6; 2g-2a, March 28-April 3) and one three-game streak (4g-1a, March 16-19) in the final 21 games of the season.
CAREER NOTES: Led the Houston Aeros (AHL) in goals (21), points (41) and tied for second on the club in assists (20) in 2007-08… Also ranked second on the 2007-08 Aeros in game-winning goals (5) and tied for the club lead in shorthanded markers (2)… Appeared in 11 games with Minnesota in 2006-07, registering his first NHL point/assist in his fifth career game in his hometown of Toronto on Dec. 26, 2006… Played his first professional season in 2005-06 with Houston… Tied for second on Houston in goals (4) during the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs… Also tied for the club lead in plus/minus rating (+4) during the 2006 postseason… Signed his first pro contract with Houston (AHL) on Dec. 4, 2005.
AMATEUR: Played four seasons at the University of Prince Edward Island (2001-05), notching 135 points (76g-76a) in 96 games… Earned AUS conference MVP honors, the CIS Most Sportsmanlike Player award and was named to the CIS All-Canada team as a senior in 2004-05… Named U.P.E.I.’s team MVP his sophomore, junior and senior seasons… One of just three U.P.E.I. Panther alumni to have appeared in an NHL contest… Spent four seasons with the Owen Sound Attack (OHL) from 1997-2001, registering 152 points (76g-76a) in 235 games.
BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Ward-o” or “Moose”… Involved in several “Hockey is for Everyone” initiatives in the Nashville area… Would like to teach elementary school when his hockey career is finished… Has a sociology degree from U.P.E.I.… Spends his offseasons in Scarborough, Ontario… Favorites include West Indian food (favorite food), Bob Marley and Notorious B.I.G. (musicians), Sambuca (Nashville restaurant), Barbados (vacation destination) and Adam Graves (player growing up)… Lists Jackie Robinson as the historical figure he would have most like to have met… Single.
TRANSACTIONS: July 14, 2008 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… September 27, 2006 – Signed as a free agent by Minnesota