The 5-6, 170-pound winger's game is tenacious and feisty. Playing such a game has enabled him to record 85 points in 122 AHL games in Albany.
"He's playing with intensity, he's competing," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said Sunday after Albany's 2-0 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. "He's not a big guy, but he's strong on the puck. He's been doing it all for us.
"I've really liked his play."
Still Whitney's not gotten his call. Many of his teammates have. Heck, his linemate -- 30-year-old winger Matt Anderson -- even got his brief moment in the show, recording an assist in two games in New Jersey earlier this year.
"I'm happy for those guys who get to go up," Whitney said Sunday after the Devils' 2-0 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
But Whitney's not concerning himself with all that. The recently-turned 25-year old is working to help the A-Devils' struggling power play and trying to help Albany reach the Calder Cup playoffs.
"We haven't gotten rewarded much," Whitney said of the power play. "We've got to figure it out down the stretch if we want to win some games and get into the playoffs."
Albany sits in ninth, just one point behind eighth-place Syracuse, with only 16 games left.
"I'm giving it everything I've got every night," Whitney said. "Right now, it's about wins."
The road to the NHL is littered with stories like Whitney's. Anderson was one until he got his call this February. But after only two games, he was sent back to Albany.
Likewise, A-Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid spent eight days with New Jersey -- playing in just one game -- before being recalled for Jeff Frazee on March 6.
"It's just more stuff to work on," Kinkaid said. "It's a battle to get back up there."
With Martin Brodeur's return imminent, Frazee likely will be sent back to the AHL life of riding buses and playing three games in three days over a weekend that takes you from Rochester, N.Y. to Syracuse to Bridgeport, Conn. like this past weekend did.
It's by no means glamorous.
Still, it's playing hockey for a living.