- Registered nine shots on Oct. 4 vs. Ottawa, tying his career high, set four times before
- Scored his 253rd career goal at NYI (10/15) to pass Craig Ramsey for sole possession of fifth-most goals in Sabres history
- Had a four-game point streak (1g/3a) from Oct. 19-26
- Aqcuired by the Islanders on Oct. 27 in exchange for Matt Moulson, a 1st round pick in 2014 and 2nd round pick in 2015.
- Recorded his first point/assist as an Islanders in his 600th career NHL game on Nov. 1 at Ottawa
- Scored his 500th career point and his first goal as an Islander on Nov. 2 vs. Boston
- Suffered an upper-body injury on Nov. 9 at Columbus and missed 5 games
- Scored two goals in his return to the lineup on Nov. 22 at Pittsburgh
USHL First All-Star Team (2002) USHL MVP (2002) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2003, 2004) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2003) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2003) NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2004) AHL All-Rookie Team (2005) NHL Second All-Star Team (2007)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009)
Signed as a free agent by Graz (Austria), October 1, 2012.