2002-03: Played for the U.S. NTDP U-17 team where he finished second in scoring.
2003-04: Played for the U.S. NTDP U-18 squad. As a captain, Porter ended his stay with the NTDP by taking the Under-18 Team to the finals at the 2004 IIHF World U-18 Championship in Minsk, Belarus. The team took home a silver medal after falling to the Russian U-18 National Team, 3-2.
Drafted 4th round (119th overall), 2004 by Phoenix.
2004-05: Played freshman year at the University of Michigan. Earned CCHA Rookie of the Week honors (Dec. 6). Finished 11th overall in team scoring. Played for Team USA at WJC.
2005-06: Played sophomore year for the Wolverines. Finished third overall in team scoring. Tied for team lead in goals scored (17). Finished second overall in power-play goals (7). Led team in game-winning-goals (4). Played for Team USA at WJC.
2006-07: Had a breakout year as a junior playing on the Wolverines top line. He finished the season ranked third in the nation in scoring and second in team scoring. He was tied for the team lead in goals, was tied for second in team powerplay goals and led all skaters in Ann Arbor in game-winning-goals (4). He was named All-CCHA second team during the regular season and made the CCHA All-Tournament team.
2007-08: Played senior season at the University of Michigan. Took over the as team captain and anchored the Wolverines top line. Emerged as the team’s top player and one of the best players in the nation early on. Helped guide the team into the playoffs, only to lose to Notre Dame in the NCAA National Semifinals. Porter finished second in the nation in scoring with 63 points in 43 games. Was the 2008 recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, making him the only the second Wolverine to take home the award since Brendan Morrison did so in 1997. Joined the San Antonio Rampage for their postseason push. Registered four assists in seven games. Finished the postseason tied for second in scoring. In addition to the Hobey Baker Award, he earned American Hockey Coaches Association West All-America first team, College Hockey News Player of the Year and first team All-CHN, Inside College Hockey Player of the Year and first team All-INCH, and 2008 University of Michigan Male Athlete of the Year honors.