|NUMBER:||71||BIRTHDATE:||October 31, 1987 (AGE 26)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 0"||BIRTHPLACE:||Buffalo, NY, United States|
|WEIGHT:||210||DRAFTED:||OTT / 2006 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||1st (28th overall)|
Career: Represented USA at IIHF World Championships in 2009 (9GP-0G-2A-2P) and 2010 (6GP-3G-0A-3P)… Made NHL debut on 10/3/07 at TOR… Scored 1st career NHL goal on 10/18/07 vs. MTL (opposing goalie: C. Price)… Spent 3 seasons in OHL with Sudbury (196GP-65G-131A-196P)... Named to OHL All-Scholastic Team in 2004-05... Member of U.S. National Development Team in 2003-04.
2013-14: Scored career-high 18th goal on 3/21 vs. NYR... Scored 16th career GWG on12/10 vs. NJD... Skated in 400th career NHL game on 10/12 vs. BOS.
2012-13: Recorded 100th career NHL assist on 4/17 at ANA (OTG, Tyutin)... Set CBJ team record for fastest 2 goals by a single player (0:51) on 3/22 vs. CGY... Tallied 1G-6A-7P in a 7-game span from 2/26-3/10.
Personal: Nicknames include ‘Nicky’, ‘Gino’ and ‘Lou’… Favorite musical artist is Zac Brown... Favorite NFL team: Buffalo Bills... Favorite movie: Braveheart... Favorite TV show: Suits… Father Mike currently on NJD coaching staff... Brother Marcus currently plays LW w/ BUF.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.