Right wing who was selected 189th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Draft; made his NHL debut for the team in 2008.
He played junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League.
On April 3, 2013, he was traded to the New York Rangers in a deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets.
In 2013, he got engaged to Allison Humbert. In 2014 the two married.
He scored his first NHL goal on October 21, 2008, against Vancouver Canucks' goalkeeper Roberto Luongo.