2011-12: Tied his career high with four goals on the season…Had a goal in two out of his last three games (2-0=2)…Scored a power play goal on March 31 vs. Dallas…Activated from injured reserve on Feb. 19…Placed on injured reserve on Feb. 2…Earned an assist on Dec. 15 vs. Colorado…Scored his first goal of the season with a power play tally vs. Chicago on Nov. 23…Recorded an assist and was a +2 in the season opener on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix...Playoffs:Appeared in three games.
CAREER 2010-11: Led Sharks in plus/minus (plus-19)…Second amongst team defensemen in points…Surpassed his rookie season point output with his 22nd point of the season on March 17 vs. Minnesota…Primary assist on Thornton’s game-tying goal with 2:58 left in regulation on March 1 vs. Colorado…Registered his first goal and multi-point game of the season (two) at Philadelphia on Dec. 8…Activated off injured reserve and returned to action on Dec. 6 vs. Detroit…Missed six games due to upper body injury (11/24-12/4)…Playoffs: Missed entire WCF series vs. Vancouver (lower body)…Scored first goal in WCQF Game 4…Registered a game-high six blocked shots in WCQF Game 1.
2009-10: Selected as the PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year” in a vote by Bay Area media…T-4th amongst rookie defensemen in points...Recorded first fighting major on March 31 at Dallas (Mark Fistric)…Tied the single-game franchise record for power play goals by a defenseman with two vs. Minnesota on Jan. 30, matching Boyle and Doug Wilson’s mark…Earned his first career point (assist) and was a plus-2 at Anaheim on Oct. 3. The goal scorer, Benn Ferriero, and the players who got assists, Demers and Frazer McLaren, all registered their first NHL career point on that goal. This was only the second time in the last 29 seasons that three players got their first NHL point on the same goal. The last time it happened was on Oct. 4, 2007, when the Coyotes Daniel Winnik scored against St. Louis with assists from Martin Hanzal and Craig Weller…Split season between San Jose and Worcester (AHL)...Playoffs: Scored first postseason goal, a power play tally, in WCF Game 1...Recorded first career postseason multi-point game (two assists) in WCSF Game 1...Recorded his first NHL postseason point with an assist in WCQF Game 5...Made postseason debut on April 14 in WCQF Game 1.
2008-09: Led Worcester (AHL) in plus/minus (plus-15)…Second amongst team defensemen in points…Scored first professional goal on Dec. 7 vs. Portland…Recorded two-thirds of a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” in his professional debut with an assist and a fighting major (11 PIM) at Lowell on Oct. 11…Playoffs: Second amongst team defensemen in points.
2007-08: Led league defensemen in points (second on team) and assists (led team)...Fourth on team in PIM...Participated in San Jose’s development camp as a tryout before the season.
2006-07: Second among defensemen on Victoriaville (QMJHL) in points…Recorded five goals and 19 assists in 69 games.
2005-06: Began the season with Moncton before getting traded to Victoriaville...Posted 19 points in 54 games between the two teams.
2004-05: Made QMJHL debut with Moncton.
PERSONAL: “Ocho” or “JD” lists these favorites: Mexican (food); Soccer (sport besides hockey); “Boss” (nickname he wishes he had); Great personality (personal quality he admires); Shrimp (food he refuses to eat); Bora Bora Blade (fantasy hockey team name); Seinfeld (TV show); John Mayer (musician); Sergei Gonchar (hockey idol); Family (biggest influence on hockey career); Skates (equipment he gives most attention to); Montreal (favorite road city)…Scoring a goal against Chicago in the 2010 Western Conference Finals was his favorite hockey moment…thinks Pavel Datsyuk is the most exciting player to watch in the NHL…Thinks Michael Grabner is the fastest skater in the NHL…Thinks either Douglas Murray or Shane Doan is the hardest hitter in the NHL…Thinks the Vancouver Canucks have the best non-Sharks jerseys in the NHL…Would like to remove the trapezoid rule…Best teammate he’s ever had in his career was Rob Blake…Feels that Antti Niemi is the teammate most likely to wear a speedo to the beach…Says Dan Boyle or Patrick Marleau would be the best figure skaters…James Sheppard is the funniest teammate…Ryane Clowe is the best dressed teammate…Joe Thornton is the best teammate under pressure…Douglas Murray would be the best teammate on Dancing With The Stars.