2013-14: Tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in goals (13), tied for 23rd in points (40)… Was one of 16 blueliners to hit double-digits in goals and amass at least 40 points… Ranked fifth in the League in average ice time (26:25)… The only defensemen among the League’s Top 30 point getters with less than 20 penalty minutes… Tied for fourth among League blueliners in even-strength goals (10)… Ranked 20th among NHL defensemen in shots (168)… Ranked second on the team, and tied for 24th in the League, in blocked shots (150)… One of just two NHL defensemen to score three shootout goals, leading Nashville with three (on six attempts)… Set career highs in nearly every statistical category, including goals, assists (27), points, average ice time, power-play goals (3), game-winning goals (2), games played (72) and shots… Amassed 26 points (9g-17a) and a +14 rating in his final 35 games of the season... Represented Switzerland at the 2014 Olympics, ranking third on the team in average ice time (21:03)… Played for Switzerland at the World Championship for the fifth time in six years, being named one of the nation’s three best players of the tournament… Ranked second among defensemen in points (1g-6a-7pts, 7gp), while tying for sixth among all skaters in assists, during preliminary round action at 2014 Worlds… Ranked fourth in the tournament in average ice time (25:06).
2012-13: Tied for third on the team in assists, and ranked sixth in points (5g-13a-18pts)… 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… Played in his 100th career NHL game in the 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 World Championship… Helped Switzerland to a silver medal at the 2013 World Championship, the nation’s first medal in 60 years… Led all tournament defensemen in goals (4) and points (9) at the World Championship… Led Switzerland in points and average ice time (20:08).
2011-12: Tied for fourth among NHL rookie defensemen in goals (5), and seventh in points (16)… 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 Championship, 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.
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… 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 Championship… Played in Switzerland’s first four games at the 2010 World Junior Championship, 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… 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 Championship, 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 points (4) at the DI World Junior tournament … The youngest player on the Swiss roster, and third-youngest player overall, at the 2009 World Championship… 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 Championship and the Under-18 World Championship 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 Championship.
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.