|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.
I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.