2008-09: Games missed due to injury: six upper body (12/17-12/27) .... Played in first career NHL game @ TB (12/6) ... Recorded first career NHL point (assist) @ NJ (12/13) ... Recorded one assist and was +3 in 10 games with Buffalo ... Recipient of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's Most Outstanding Rookie ... Named to AHL All-Rookie Team ... Named to PlanetUSA roster for AHL All-Star Game... Led all AHL rookies with 30 goals.