2005-06: Albers’ fifth WHL season saw him breakout with the Vancouver Giants. He led WHL defensemen in scoring with 17 goals and 62 points in 70 games. Also led the WHL in plus/minus with a +38 rating. Helped lead the Giants to the WHL title with 19 points in 18 playoff games. Named to WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team and Memorial Cup First All-Star Team. Nominated for WHL Western Conference Top Defenseman award. Signed by the Wild as an undrafted free agent.
2006-07: Played most of the season with Texas of the ECHL where he had 12 goals and 31 assists in 68 regulars season games and one goal and five assists in nine playoff games for the Wildcatters. His 43 points led the team’s defensemen and he also earned a spot on the ECHL All-Rookie Team as well as the ECHL All-Star game. He was called up to Houston (AHL) for five games.
2007-08: Albers had five goals and 16 assists in 69 games for the Houston Aeros (AHL), however also had a team-worst -9 plus/minus rating. Four of his five goals came on the power play.