|BIRTHPLACE:||Carbonear, NL, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||CHI: 1997-13 overall|
|Entering his 13th season in the National Hockey League and sixth with Detroit…Drafted by Chicago in the first round (13th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft…Re-signed by Detroit to a five-year deal on March 11, 2008….Became the first native of Newfoundland to win the Stanley Cup in 2008…Has 47 career multi-point games.
2009-10: Appeared in 64 games for Detroit…Scored the 100th goal of his NHL career on 11/7 at Toronto…Finished fifth on Detroit with 15 goals and eighth on Detroit with 34 points (15-19—34)…Averaged 17:13 of ice time during the regular season…Missed 12 games from 12/9 through 1/5 with a shoulder injury…Missed four games with a groin injury from 3/27 through 4/3…Finished with a -3 rating, the first time he has finished the season as a minus with Detroit…Appeared in all 12 postseason games for the Red Wings…Notched two postseason points (2-0—2)…Finished the postseason with a +3 rating…Averaged 14:47 of ice time in the playoffs.
2008-09: Set a new career high with 26 assists…Played in his 600th career NHL game on Mar. 12 vs. CGY…Finished the season tied for ninth on team with 40 points (14-26—40)…Recorded eight multi-point games…Finished tied for fifth on team in postseason scoring with 15 points (9-6—15)…Led the NHL postseason with a +17 rating…Finished tied for the team lead with three postseason game-winning goals…Scored series clinching goal vs. ANA in Round 2, Game 7 on 5/14…Appeared in all 23 postseason games for Detroit.
2007-08: Played in his 500th NHL game Nov. 24 at Columbus….Set a new career high with 42 points despite playing only 63 games (20-22—42)…Had a career high 8 shots on goal Dec. 22 at Minnesota….Suffered a broken jaw Feb. 9 at Toronto and missed 19 games….Registered a season high 3 points twice (1-2—3): Jan. 10 vs. Min and Jan. 19 at San Jose….Played in all 22 postseason games for Detroit….Tallied a shorthanded goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. Pittsburgh.
2006-07: Established career-highs in goals (20) and points (40)…Appeared in 71 games, posting a career-best plus-seven rating…Tallied a career-high six power play goals…Registered the first hat trick of his career on 12/28/06 at Columbus…Recorded his 100th NHL assist on 3/24/07 vs. St. Louis…Missed 11 games due to a sprained knee (2/24-3/20)…Played in all 18 of Detroit’s 2007 playoff games…Ranked fourth among Detroit skaters in scoring during the 2007 playoffs, scoring a career-high 4-8—12…Led the Red Wings in road points in the 2007 playoffs with 2-6—8…Became only the second Red Wings' player in franchise history to score on a penalty shot in the playoffs on 4/21/07 in Game 5 of the WCQF vs. Calgary…Led the NHL in shorthanded goals during the Stanley Cup playoffs with two….
2005-06: Played 77 games in his first season with the Red Wings…Registered his first point as a Red Wing on opening night vs. St. Louis 10/5/05…Tallied two assists twice (11/9/05 at LA, 3/25/06 vs. Columbus) matching a career high…Scored the game-winning goal 2/4/06 at Colorado…Missed three games due to the flu and injury…Played in all six of Detroit’s 2006 playoff games and tallied one assist.
2004-05: Played 47 games and tallied 37 points (11-26—37) for Mora IK in the Swedish Elite League.
2003-04: In his first and only season with the Phoenix Coyotes, played 68 games and tallied six goals and 11 assists…Tallied his 100th career point on 1/2/04 at Dallas…Scored a career high three shorthanded goals.
2002-03: Recorded 17 points (4-13—17) with 31 PIM and was plus-five in 57 games in his fourth season with Edmonton…Was plus or even in 45 of 57 games…Scored game-winning goals (his first of the season) vs. Colorado on 11/30/02…Scored all of his points at even strength…Did not miss any games due to injury.
2001-02: In 65 games with Edmonton, tallied 29 points (10-19—29) and a career high 51 PIM…Led the Oilers with a career high seven-game point streak (1-6—7) from 1/21/02-2/7/02…Played in his 200th NHL game at Anaheim 4/5/02…Missed 14 games following arthroscopic knee surgery to repair meniscus damage.
2000-01: First full season in the NHL saw him register 35 points (14-21—35) and 37 PIM in 81 games…Recorded two goals and seven assists on the power play…Posted four multi-point games…Averaged 12:58 minutes per game…Had a five-game point streak (3-3—6) from 2/24/01-3/7/01…Played in all six of Edmonton’s playoff games…Scored a goal and an assist…Recorded his first NHL playoff goal at Dallas.
1999-00: Split the season between Edmonton and Hamilton of the American Hockey League…In 17 games with the Oilers, registered 2-3—5 points…Made his debut with the Oilers on 10/16/99 vs. Los Angeles and notched a career-high two goals, including the game-winner…Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut at Dallas on 4/12/00…Played four of Edmonton’s five playoff games and recorded one assist.
Personal: Daniel, his wife Jelena and their daughter spend their summers in Los Angeles and Toronto…Idolized Wayne Gretzky and Gary Roberts while growing up…Lists Lenny Kravitz as his favorite singer…His hobbies include playing video games…Has a pet Chihua.