2011-12: Was named the PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year”…7th on the team in hits (93)…Won 53.0% of his faceoffs, good for third on the team…Had a fighting major vs. Dallas on March 31…Scored the game-winning goal on March 26 vs. Colorado…Assisted on Winnik’s game-winning goal vs. Boston on March 22…Returned to the lineup after missing two games due to injury and posted an assist on Jan. 19 vs. Ottawa…Missed two games due to injury (upper body) from Jan. 15 – 17…Scored the game-winning goal vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 21…Posted an assist and was a +1 at Chicago on Dec. 11…Won all five of his faceoffs at Nashville on Oct. 25…Registered a career high 17 penalty minutes, including his first career fighting major (with Beleskey), on Oct. 17 vs. Anaheim…Registered his first career two-goal game (2-0=2) in the season opener vs. Phoenix on Oct. 8...Playoffs: Scored a goal in Game 1 of the WCQF at St. Louis.
CAREER 2010-11: Had a two-game assist streak from April 4-6…Reassigned to Worcester on April 9…Recorded his first assist on April 4 vs. Los Angeles…Notched his first NHL goal and point on March 23 vs. Calgary…Posted four hits and won all three faceoffs in 5:33 of playing time on March 17 vs. Minnesota…Made his NHL debut on Jan. 3 vs. Vancouver…AHL: Posted a season-high three points twice, Nov. 21 vs. Springfield (goal and two assists) and Feb. 11 at Springfield (two goals and assist)...Led team in plus/minus (plus-14)...Playoffs: Plus-1 in three games...Scored his first career playoff goal in WCF Game 4 vs. Vancouver...Made playoff debut in WCF Game 3.
2009-10: Member of the “Crazed Rats” Line (along with Dan DaSilva and John McCarthy), which won Worcester’s (AHL) Unsung Heroes Award…Set career highs in goals, assists and points…Second on team in both plus/minus (plus-29) and PIM...Playoffs: Second on the team in PIM.
2008-09: A plus-4 in 74 games for Worcester…Established a career high with three assists on Jan. 2 vs. Norfolk…Scored first AHL goal on Nov. 7 at Hartford…Appeared in five games for Phoenix (ECHL)…Playoffs: Fifth on Worcester in points and tied for the team lead in goals and plus/minus (plus-7)…Scored the first playoff shorthanded goal in team history vs. Providence on May 13.
2007-08: Had a 20-goal season.
2006-07: Points set a junior career high.
2005-06: Five points in four playoff games for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).
2004-05: Recorded a junior career-high 17 goals for Sault Ste. Marie.
PERSONAL: “Dez” or “Dessy” lists these favorites: Sushi (food); Great cook (hidden talent); Hard worker (personal quality admires); Golf (sport besides hockey); Joe Sakic (hockey idol); Vancouver or New York (road city); Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, and Prison Break (TV shows); Stewey from Family Guy (TV character); Dave Matthews Band (last concert attended)…He refuses to eat eggplant…the biggest influence on his hockey career was his mother…piece of equipment he gives the most attention to is his stick…Favorite hockey moment was scoring the game tying goal vs. St. Louis in the 2012 NHL Playoffs…Thinks the best non-Sharks NHL jerseys are the Calgary Flames…Thinks the funniest teammate is Jason Demers…Best teammate he’s ever had in his career is Ryane Clowe…Feels that Joe Thornton is the teammate most likely to wear a speedo to the beach…Thinks that James Sheppard would be the teammate most likely to appear on American Idol...Thinks that Patrick Marleau is the fastest skater in the NHL...Would rather take a wrist shot compared to a slap shot, and prefers body checks to poke checks.