2011-12: Made his DET debut on Oct 22 at WSH (also 100th career NHL game)... Recorded his first DET point on Nov 5 vs ANA, assisting on a goal by Nicklas Lidstrom in the 2nd period of a 5-0 win at Joe Louis Arena... Has appeared in five games for DET (0G-1A-1P) and four games for AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins (1G-2A-3P)... Tallied 6GP-3G-0A-3P for the Red Wings during the 2011 pre-season, tying him with Gustav Nysquist for the team lead in goals.
Career: Appeared in 99 games with the Dallas Stars from 2008-2010, registering 19G-21A-40P in addition to 18PIM... Became just the third player in NHL history to record a hat trick in his first career game on October 15, 2008, finding the back of the net three times during a 6-4 Dallas win over Nashville.... In 81 career games at the AHL level, has amassed 16G-24A-40P for the Texas Stars, Manitoba Moose, and Toronto Marlies... Prior to his arrival in North America, tallied 54GP-9G-28A-37P with Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League in 2007-08.
Signed as a free agent by Dallas, May 8, 2008. Traded to Toronto by Dallas for Mikhail Stefanovich, January 13. 2011. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 3, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Frolunda (Sweden), July 26, 2012.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp