He began his major junior hockey career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2000. He finished the 2000-2001 season as the WHL's rookie of the year.
He was drafted sixth overall in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators. He has competed for Canada internationally, with whom he has a silver medal from the 2003 World Championships.
He was originally born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
He played as a winger for the St. Louis Blues alongside Jaden Schwartz.