|BIRTHPLACE:||Virginia, MN, USA|
|DRAFTED:||DAL: 2005-28 overall|
|WCHA First All-Star Team (2007) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with James Neal for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011.|
|Puck-moving defenseman that can play the power play and kill penalties.
Nickname - “Nisky”
Played 4 NHL seasons with Dallas and Pittsburgh.
Broke into NHL as a Star in 2007-08 at 20 years old, leading all rookie defensemen with a plus-22 rating.
Set career highs in assists (29) and points (35) in 2008-09 campaign.
Played in 2008 YoungStars Game at NHL All-Star Weekend.
Originally drafted by Dallas in the 1st round (28th overall) of the 2005 NHL
Represented United States in 2009 World Championships and 2006 World Junior Championships.
Played 2 collegiate seasons with Minnesota-Duluth from 2005-07.
Named All-WCHA First Team as sophomore after posting 31 points (9G-22A) in 39 contests (Western Collegiate Hockey Association).
Idolized Penguins owner/Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux as a kid.
First job was a youth hockey referee.
Talented athlete was captain of high school football and basketball teams.
Avid hunter and fisher.
Signed through 2011-12 season.