2007-08: Selected as the Kings Best Defensive Player...Finished fourth on the club with a career-high 53 points (22-31=53)...Tied for the team lead with three short-handed goals (with Michal Handzus)…One of four Kings to play in all 82 games (Michal Handzus, Anze Kopitar and Lubomir Visnovsky were the others)… Tied for first on the club (with Dustin Brown) with four shootout goals, three of which were game-winners (4-for-5, 80 percent)…Had eight points in the final eight games (3-5=8) and 26 points in the final 28 games (10- 16=26)...Scored third short-handed goal of the season April 1, 2008 at San Jose...Had four-game point streak (1-5=6), which lasted from March 20, 2008 to March 27, 2008...Scored 20th goal of the season March 26, 2008 at Anaheim...Notched two assists and scored gamedeciding shootout goal March 20, 2008 at Phoenix... Had five-game point streak (2-3=5), which lasted from March 4, 2008 to March 13, 2008...Had career-high three-game goal streak, which lasted from Feb. 21, 2008 to Feb. 28, 2008...Notched a career-high five points and four assists (1-4=5) Feb. 21, 2008 vs. St. Louis...Notched two points (1-1=2), including a shorthanded goal, Feb. 15, 2008 vs. Calgary...Notched game-deciding shootout goal Feb. 10, 2008 at Columbus...Notched game-deciding shootout goal Jan. 12, 2008 vs. Dallas...Had second career multi-goal game (second of season) Dec. 22, 2007 at Nashville (including first career short-handed goal)...Had sixgame point streak (2-4=6), which lasted from Dec. 10, 2007 to Dec. 19, 2007...Tied career high with two assists Dec. 1, 2007 vs. Colorado...Had first career multi-goal game Oct. 27, 2007 vs. Edmonton.
2006-07: Made his NHL and Kings debut Oct. 6, 2006 at Anaheim, becoming the first person born in North Carolina to play in the NHL…Recorded his first career point in NHL and as a King with an assist Oct. 7, 2006 vs. St. Louis…Scored his first career goal in NHL and as a King Oct. 18, 2006 vs. Minnesota…Assigned to Manchester (AHL) on Nov. 2, 2006, after recording two points (1-1=2) in 12 games…Recalled from Manchester on Jan. 25, 2007…Recorded his first career multiplepoint game with three points (1-2=3) March 18, 2007 at Anaheim…Had seven-game point and assist streak (2-8=10), which lasted from March 11, 2007 to March 23, 2007…Both streaks led the club…Closed the season by scoring 12 points (2-10=12) in his last 14 games…Went scoreless on two shootout attempts (0- for-2, 0 percent)…Assigned to Manchester (for the Calder Cup Playoffs) on April 9, 2007…Led the Monarchs and finished sixth overall in Calder Cup playoff scoring with 17 points (8-9=17) in 16 games, helping the Monarchs advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in club history… Also led the Monarchs in the playoffs with eight goals, nine assists and three power-play goals.
2005-06: Scored 47 goals for Minnesota’s AHL affiliate at Houston…His 47 goals ranked third and his 93 points ranked fourth in the AHL while both totals ranked first among rookies and were Houston rookie records…Tied for ninth in the AHL with 17 power-play goals…Was 4-for-10 in shootout attempts…Awarded the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Trophy as the AHL’s Outstanding Rookie…Member of the AHL’s All- Rookie Team…Led his team in playoff scoring with 10 points (5-5=10) in eight postseason games…Played for the PlanetUSA team at the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic.
LAST AMATEUR CLUB: Mississauga, OHL…Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year in 2001-02…OHL Rookie of the Year in 2001-02…Winner of the Jack Ferguson Award as the top pick in the 2001 OHL Draft.
TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Minnesota in the second round (56th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Represented the United States at the 2008 World Championships (7 GP, 3- 3=6)…Also represented the United States at the 2006 World Championships (3 GP, 1-0=1)…Skated for Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 2- 6=8)…Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Team USA’s 4-3 victory over Canada in the gold medal game at the 2004 World Junior Championships and finished with three goals in the tournament (6 GP, 3- 0=3)…Also was a member of Team USA at the 2003 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 1-2=3) and the 2002 U-18 World Junior Championships (8 GP, 7- 8=15).
PERSONAL: Lives in Winston Salem, N.C. during the summer…Nickname is Sully…Girlfriend’s name is Sophie…Favorite movie is Pulp Fiction…Favorite actress is Jessica Biel…Favorite actor is Steven Seagal…Favorite band is Motley Crue…Favorite video game is Tiger Woods 09…Favorite NHL city other than Los Angeles is New York…Favorite Book is It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong…Favorite author is Stephen King… Favorite sport to play other than hockey is baseball… Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is baseball…Favorite hockey moment is winning the 2004 World Junior Championships…Favorite professional athlete is Tiger Woods…Favorite hockey player is Mike Modano…Favorite road arena is Joe Louis Arena in Detroit…Favorite website is espn.com… Favorite vacation spot is Spain…Favorite TV show is Lost…Favorite restaurant is Koi…Favorite food is sushi…Favorite type of car is a Maserati…Favorite holiday is Christmas…Favorite magazine is GQ… Childhood idol was Mike Modano…Typical pre-game meal is pasta with chicken and a salad…Favorite cereal is Cheerios…Is superstitious about putting on his equipment left to right…Biggest pet peeves are smoking and bad drivers…Supports the Kings Care Foundation, Garth Brooks Foundation and Athletes Against Autism…Helps the environment by recycling… If not for hockey he’d be playing golf… An interesting fact that not many people know about him is he can write with both hands.