2012-13: Tied for fourth on the team in goals (9) in 47 games, just one shy of his career high set in 77 games during the 2011-12 season… Set career highs in average ice time (15:51) and shooting percentage (15.7)… One of three Predators with multiple game-winning goals (2)… The Predators are 20-4-1 when he scores a goal and 34-9-3 when he records a point all time... Played the second-most shorthanded minutes on the team (98:12), and ranked second among club forwards in average shorthanded ice time (2:05)... Suited up for his 200th career contest on Feb. 27 at Anaheim… Assisted on Nashville’s lone shorthanded goal of the season on March 2 at San Jose.
2011-12: Set career highs in games played (77), goals, assists and points (10g-12a-22pts)… Led Nashville forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (1:57)… Tied for fourth on the club in game-winning goals (4)… Ranked second on the team in face-off efficiency (50.1%), winning nearly as many face-offs (448) as he took the season prior (497)… Missed five games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Tied for second on the team in assists (3)… Led Nashville forwards in plus/minus rating (+4)… Ranked second among club forwards in average shorthanded ice time (2:41)… Recorded assists in Games One and Two of the WCQ vs. Detroit.
2010-11: Ranked second on the Predators – and 24th among NHL forwards – in average shorthanded ice time (2:40)… Nashville posted a 6-0-0 record when he scored a goal and an 11-0-0 record when he notched a point… His first career goal was a power-play marker on Dec. 13 vs. the New York Islanders… Suited up for his 100th career NHL contest on April 5 vs. Atlanta… Recalled from Milwaukee on Oct. 18 after playing in the Admirals’ first four games. PLAYOFFS: Tied for fourth on the team in points (2g-4a) and third in plus/minus (+3)… Led Nashville forwards in average shorthanded ice time (2:23)… Set up both of Nashville’s overtime goals – Jerred Smithson’s in Game Five of the WCQ vs. Anaheim and Matt Halischuk’s double-OT goal in Game Two of the WCS vs. Vancouver… Scored two goals – including the series-deciding marker – in Game Six of Nashville’s WCQ series vs. Anaheim.
2009-10: Recalled to Nashville twice (Dec. 15 and March 23)… Posted his first career point/assist in his NHL debut on Dec. 15, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay… Scored five of his seven goals AHL goals on the power play, tying for fifth on the Admirals. PLAYOFFS: One of three rookies on Nashville’s postseason roster… Suited up for all six playoff games.
2008-09: Tied for fourth on Milwaukee (AHL) in points (35) and tied fifth on the Admirals in assists (23) during his first professional season… Ranked second on the Admirals in games played (79)… Tied for the team lead in shootout goals (4) and shootout attempts (11).
AMATEUR: Helped the Kitchener Rangers win the 2008 OHL Championship and reach the Memorial Cup Finals… Tied for second in assists (6) and tied for third in points (8) at the 2008 Memorial Cup… Ranked third in 2008 OHL playoffs in goals (14) and fifth in points (30)… Tied for the 2008 OHL playoff lead in power-play goals (8)… Scored the game-winning goal in Game Seven of the 2008 OHL Finals series vs. Belleville… Ranked second on Kitchener in goals (38) and third in points (72) in 2007-08 despite missing six weeks with mononucleosis… Also ranked second in the League and led the Rangers in power-play goals (25) in 2007-08… Scored a goal for the Eastern Conference at the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic… Ranked third on the 2006-07 Kitchener Rangers with 59 points (23g-36a)… Competed in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game… Teammate of fellow Predator Matt Halischuk with Kitchener from 2006-08.
BACKGROUND: Nickname “Spals”… Helps put on the Tyler Lopers Memorial Golf Tournament each summer in memory of his cousin who died in 2005 after a long fight with cancer. Nick and Tyler were the same age, and grew up playing hockey and going to school together… Lists his older brother Nathan as the biggest influence on his career. Nathan completed his senior season and served as captain at University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2010-11… Favorites include Brett Eldridge (musician), Doug Gilmour (player to watch), Lose Yourself by Eminem (pump-up song) and New York Yankees (non-hockey uniform)… Thing he misses most about his hometown is The Stray Cats, a slow pitch softball team he plays on with all my buddies.
TRANSACTIONS: June 23, 2008 – Nashville's third choice, 58th overall (second round), in 2007 Entry Draft.