Sixth season as a Griffin…Fifth year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 4/12/07…Signed to an amateur tryout, 4/14/07…Traded to Belleville by Saginaw, 12/9/07…Assigned by Detroit, 10/5/08…Assigned by Detroit, 9/27/09…Reassigned to Slovenian National Team by Detroit, 4/12/10...Recalled from Slovenian National Team by Detroit, 4/24/10…Assigned by Detroit, 10/4/10…Recalled by Detroit, 12/27/10…Assigned by Detroit, 1/27/11…Recalled by Detroit, 2/1/11…Assigned by Detroit, 2/15/11…Signed to a two-year contract extension by Detroit, 2/17/11…Recalled by Detroit, 2/23/11…Assigned by Detroit, 2/25/11…Recalled by Detroit, 3/22/11…Assigned by Detroit, 3/26/11…Recalled by Detroit, 4/11/11...Assigned by Detroit for conditioning, 12/28/11...Recalled by Detroit, 1/11/12...Signed by Olimpija (Austria), 9/24/12...Assigned by Detroit, 2/23/13.
: Served as a “black ace” with Detroit during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Started the season with the Griffins but saw 19 NHL games throughout the season…Became the second Slovenian-born player to play in the NHL (Anze Kopitar) when he debuted with the Red Wings on 12/27/10 at Colorado…Notched his first NHL goal against the same team on 1/10/11…Appeared in 54 games with the Griffins and recorded 35 points (13-22—35)…Tied for the team lead in plus/minus at plus-17…Enjoyed a career-best AHL point streak from 10/16/10-11/6/10, amassing 10 points (5-5—10) in an eight-game span...Posted a career-best four points (2-2—4) in a 11/27/10 contest at Chicago…Named First Star on 3/12/11 at Oklahoma City after recording one goal and two assists in a 5-2 win. 2009-10
: Joined Detroit as a “black ace” during the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs...Helped Slovenia earn promotion to the top-division 2011 World Championship in Slovakia by winning the World Championship Division I Group B in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a 5-0 record…Finished second on the team with five goals and tied for third with seven points during the tournament...Ranked among the Griffins’ leaders with 79 games played (T2nd), 24 goals (2nd), 18 assists (10th), 42 points (T3rd), a plus-12 rating (2nd), four power play goals (T5th) and a 0.173 shooting percentage (1st), establishing career highs in each category…His shooting percentage was the seventh-highest in franchise history, while his 46 penalty minutes were also a career high…After scoring just two goals during his 2008-09 rookie campaign with Grand Rapids, he recorded the largest-ever percentage increase in goals scored by a Griffin from one season to the next (1,100%), besting Nathan Robinson’s 700% increase in 2003-04, while his 22-goal improvement ranked third all time on the club behind Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky (both +24 in 2005-06)...Became the 39th player in Griffins history to score 20 goals in a single season, 2/24/10 vs. San Antonio…Registered points in nine of 12 games from 11/20/09-12/13/09, including both a career-high three-game assist streak (11/25/09-11/28/09) and a career-high three-point outing (1-2--3), 12/13/09 at Toronto...Netted a career-high and team-high five-game goal streak, 12/31/09-1/8/10…Failed to score on his lone shootout attempt. 2008-09
: Played his first full AHL season with Grand Rapids, earning nine points (2-7—9) and 25 penalty minutes in 51 contests…Scored his first AHL goal, 2/6/09 vs. Chicago. 2007-08
: Helped Belleville reach the Memorial Cup semifinals and the OHL finals, where the Bulls rallied from a 3-0 series deficit before losing to Kitchener in seven games…Placed second on the team in all points categories during the postseason and ranked seventh in the OHL with 24 points (9-15—24) in 21 playoff games…Joined Belleville in a December trade and tallied 38 points (11-27—38) in 31 games, finishing in a tie for eighth on the team…Spent the first half of his final OHL season with Saginaw, racking up 26 points (6-20—26) in as many games to rank ninth on the Spirit in scoring and tie for fifth in assists…Helped Slovenia win a bronze medal at the second-tier World Junior Championship in Latvia, tallying three points (1-2—3), two PIM and 31 shots in five games…Finished as runner-up in voting for both the OHL’s most underrated player and best stickhandler in the Eastern Conference coaches’ poll, while ranking third for best playmaker. 2006-07
: Made his Griffins/AHL debut during the Calder Cup Playoffs, 4/19/07 at Manitoba…Appeared in all seven of Grand Rapids’ playoff games against the Moose and earned his first AHL point with the first of two assists he tallied during the series, 4/27/07…Named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Second Team…Finished fourth in OHL rookie scoring with 80 points (27-53—80) in 62 games with Saginaw…Ranked among Spirit leaders with 27 goals (T3rd), 53 assists (2nd), 80 points (2nd) and a plus-27 rating (2nd)…Started season with a 22-game scoring streak, during which he registered 40 points (13-27—40)…Named to the OHL All-Academic Team in addition to being recognized as the OHL’s academic player of the month for December…Played for Slovenia at the second-level World Junior Championship in Denmark, logging five points (3-2—5) and 10 PIM in five games. 2005-06
: Left his native Slovenia to play for Budejovice of the U20 Czech league, where he ranked fourth on the team with 30 points (15-15—30) in 43 games…Was a member of Slovenia’s silver medal-winning team at the second-tier World U18 Championship in Hungary, notching two points (1-1—2) and eight PIM in five games…Won a bronze medal with Slovenia at the second-level World Junior Championship in Slovenia, contributing five points (3-2—5) and two PIM in five games. 2004-05
: Tallied 45 points (16-29—45) in 24 games with Maribor in the Slovenian league…Won a silver medal with Slovenia at the second-level World U18 Championship in Slovenia, tallying three points (1-2—3) and four PIM in five games.