Last Game: Posted a hit on 27:25 of ice time on 11/28 at STL.
2014-15: Led CBJ in blocked shots (131) and TOI/game (24:09) and led club defensemen in assists and points with 8-32-40, ranking 9th-T among NHL blueliners in PP points (21)... Registered the 3rd-most points in a season by a defenseman in club history and recorded 40+ points for the 2nd time in NHL career (2010-11)... Collected 150th career NHL assist in 500th career NHL game on 10/31 vs. TOR.
Career: Led the CBJ in blocked shots (128) and TOI/game (24:40); finished second among defensemen in points (33), assists (28) and goals (5, tied) in 2013-14... Broke his own Blue Jackets team record for TOI in a single game on 2/2/13 vs. DET (34:59)... Ranked 3rd-T among NHL defensemen in power play assists (25) and 4th-T in power play points (28) in 2010-11.
CCHA All-Rookie Team (2006) CCHA First All-Star Team (2007) NCAA West First All-American Team (2007)
Traded to Los Angeles by Carolina with Oleg Tverdovsky for Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason, September 29, 2006. Traded to Columbus by Los Angeles with Los Angeles' 1st round choice (Marko Dano) in 2013 Entry Draft for Jeff Carter, February 23, 2012.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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