2009-10: Began the season in Hamilton (AHL) before being permanently recalled to Montreal on Nov. 23. Posted assists in his first two NHL games of the season Nov. 24-25… Registered a career-high two game-winning goals, which came in back-to-back games March 13-16… His best stretch of the season came Feb. 2-March 16, when he registered 12 points (5g-7a) in 15 games. This included a career-high three assists on Feb. 10 vs. Washington, his third ever two-goal game March 13 vs. Boston and a career-high three-game goal-scoring streak March 11-16 (4g)… Missed 10 NHL games due to injury… Ranked second on the Bulldogs in points (4g-9a-13pts) at the time of his recall to Montreal… Led Belarus in points (2g-3a) at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in five of Montreal’s seven games during its ECQ series against Washington.
CAREER NOTES: Played a career-high 56 games in 2008-09… Also set career highs in power-play goals (5), penalty minutes (64) and shots (74) with Montreal in 2008-09… Suited up for his 100th NHL contest on Feb. 6, 2009 at Buffalo… Recorded his first career game-winning goal on Jan. 10, 2009 vs. Washington… Notched his first career two-goal, three-point performance in game No. 2 of the 2008-09 season on Oct. 11 at Toronto… Set career highs in goals, assists and points (9g-18a-27pts) as a rookie in 2007-08 with Montreal… Ranked seventh among 2007-08 rookies in points per game (.52)… Ranked fourth in the League – and led all rookies – in shooting percentage (18.4%)… Tied for fourth on the 2007-08 Canadiens in plus/minus rating with a career high (+9)… Also set career highs in average ice time (14:21), hits (54) and blocked shots (23) during his first NHL campaign … Scored the lone shorthanded goal of his career on Jan. 29, 2008 vs. Washington… Notched his first NHL point with an assist on Dec. 15, 2007 vs. Toronto… Recalled from Hamilton (AHL) for the remainder of the season on Dec. 12, 2007. Posted points in six of his first nine NHL contests (2g-4a) from Dec. 13-30, 2007… Led the Bulldogs in points (6g-16a-22pts) through 22 games at the time of his recall… Participated in the World Championships for the first time in 2008, recording one assist in four games.
AMATEUR: Led the Canadian Hockey League and set a London Knights franchise record in assists in 2006-07 (91)… Ranked third in the Ontario Hockey League in points (40g-91a-131pts), tied for third in game-winning goals (9) and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating (+38) in 2006-07… Named a Third-Team OHL All-Star… Voted to have the best shot in the OHL’s Western Conference in the 2007 Coaches’ Poll… Posted an OHL-high 25-game point streak from Dec. 8, 2006-March 4, 2007 which saw him put up 71 points (20g-51a)… Played on a line with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Edmonton’s Sam Gagner with the 2006-07 Knights… Tied for first on Belarus in points (1g-4a) and ranked second at the 2007 World Junior Championships in penalty minutes (33)… Led all OHL rookies in points and assists, and tied for second in goals (26g-52a-78pts) with London in 2005-06… The second runner-up for the 2006 Emms Family Award, which goes to the OHL’s rookie of the year, and a member of the 2006 OHL All-Rookie Team… Ranked second in the 2006 OHL Playoffs in points and assists (13g-24a-37pts), helping London reach the OHL Finals… Posted six points (1g-5a-6pts) in his first career OHL playoff game on March 23, 2006 vs. Sault Ste. Marie, the first of an 11-game point streak (10g-17a-27pts)… Named MVP of the 2006 World Junior Championships B-Pool Tournament after pacing all skaters in points, goals and assists (4g-5a-9pts)… Played in the 2005 World Juniors, and helped Belarus win the 2005 U-18 Division I World Championship tournament… Played in both the 2003 and 2004 U-18 World Championships, and tied for fifth in points (4g-4a-5pts) at the 2004 Division I World Junior Championships.
TRANSACTIONS: June 29, 2010 – Acquired by Nashville from Montreal in exchange for forward Dustin Boyd and goaltender Dan Ellis... July 30, 2005 – Montreal’s sixth choice, 200th overall (seventh round), in 2005 Entry Draft.