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Mikael Backlund

27-Year-Old Center – Calgary Flames

2016-17 NHL Stats

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2016-17 NHL Projections

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Always known for his strong two-way play, Backlund improved in all phases of the game last year by setting new career highs in goals (21), assists (26) and rating (plus-10) – thanks in no small part to a vicious stretch of eight points in four games to close out the campaign...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 199   DOB: 5/17/1989   BORN: Vasteras, Sweden   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #24 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Re-signed with the Flames on a three-year, $10.725 million contract in June 2015.

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Backlund scored a power-play goal and registered six shots on net through 21:52 of ice time during Friday's shootout win over the Wild.

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Mikael Backlund NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2008-09 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 10:44 0 0 0 2:09 0 0
2009-10 20 23 1 9 10 5 6 47 2.1 0 0 12:36 0 0 0 1:13 12 4
2010-11 21 NHL CGY 73 10 15 25 4 18 144 6.9 1 0 12:05 2 2 4 0:37 35 19
2011-12 22 NHL CGY 41 4 7 11 -13 16 85 4.7 2 0 15:23 2 1 3 1:08 25 19
2012-13 23 NHL CGY 32 8 8 16 -6 29 88 9.1 1 0 15:07 2 2 4 1:24 31 19
2013-14 24 NHL CGY 76 18 21 39 4 32 178 10.1 3 4 18:32 5 6 11 1:52 64 62
2014-15 25 NHL CGY 52 10 17 27 4 14 103 9.7 2 2 17:45 0 1 1 2:09 41 32
2015-16 26 NHL CGY 82 21 26 47 10 28 155 13.5 4 3 16:26 3 6 9 1:36 68 51
2016-17 27 NHL CGY 27 4 7 11 0 8 66 6.1 1 0 17:55 1 1 2 2:13 18 20
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2016-17 Time On Ice Stats

17:55

Average Time On Ice

On average, Mikael Backlund was on the ice for 17:55.

2:13

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Mikael Backlund was on the ice for 2:13 during power plays.

2:27

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Mikael Backlund was on the ice for 2:27 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2014-15 17:45 2:09 1:49
2015-16 16:26 1:36 1:46
2016-17 17:55 2:13 2:27

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2016-17 NHL Game Log   Mikael Backlund
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Dec 2 MIN 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 6 16.7 1 0 21:52 3:17
Nov 30 TOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:54 1:29
Nov 28 @NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 21:09 0:40
Nov 27 @PHI 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 17:05 0:56
Nov 25 @BOS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 1 19:50 1:14
Nov 23 @CLM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 17:44 2:29
Nov 21 @BUF 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 6 16.7 2 1 20:23 2:02
Nov 20 @DET 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 19:01 0:45
Nov 18 CHI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 2 20:31 4:17
Nov 16 ARI 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 19:43 2:22
Nov 15 @MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 19:52 3:17
Nov 12 NYR 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 15:50 2:22
Nov 10 DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 0 17:51 1:39
Nov 6 @ANA 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 16:07 1:26
Nov 5 @LOS 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:43 2:31
Nov 3 @SAN 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 17:04 1:09
Nov 1 @CHI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 1 15:19 2:31
Oct 30 WAS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 16.7 1 2 16:01 1:29
Oct 28 OTT 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 17:40 0:54
Oct 25 @STL 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 15:58 1:40
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Oct 24 @CHI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 17:12 3:23
Oct 22 STL 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 2 16:10 2:47
Oct 20 CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 4 18:56 5:19
Oct 18 BUF 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 16:55 2:16
Oct 15 @VAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 18:14 1:19
Oct 14 EDM 0 1 1 -2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 1 18:38 3:58
Oct 12 @EDM 0 2 2 -2 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 1 0 14:50 2:10

Mikael Backlund: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Backlund scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

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Backlund recorded his fifth assist of the year and posted a plus-2 rating during Friday's game against Ottawa.

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Backlund set up a pair of goals in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Oilers on Opening Night.

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Backlund (concussion) will play in Sunday's exhibition contest against the visiting Jets.

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Backhand (concussion) is expected to play Sunday against Winnipeg.

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Backlund(concussion) is slated to resume skating Thursday, Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia reports.

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Backlund (concussion) will head back to Calgary to rehab, Craig Custance of ESPN reports.

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Backlund is day-to-day with a concussion sustained in the World Cup of Hockey on Tuesday, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports.

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Backlund is believed to have sustained a concussion while participating in World Cup of Hockey action, TSN Radio Vancouver reports.

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Backlund will replace the injured Henrik Zetterberg (knee) on Sweden's World Cup of Hockey roster, Aaron Vickers of NHL.com reports.

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Backlund notched his first-career hat trick -- with one goal on the power play and another shorthanded -- and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 7-3 win over Vancouver.

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Backlund scored twice and had an assist in Saturday's win over the Oilers.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2015-16

Backlund is remarkably valuable for the Flames, but less so for fantasy purposes. His production is fine, though it’s not likely to spike any time soon. Why? He’s the defensive backbone of the Flames' forward ranks. Backlund is the center that coach Bob Hartley sends over the boards for key defensive zone faceoffs. And he gets the tough assignments to shut down the opposing team’s best guys. While he does have the defensive chops of a Patrice Bergeron, unfortunately, Backlund doesn’t have his offensive skills. He’ll be in the hunt for the second-line gig, but Hartley will be loath to hand it to him given the success he’s had gaining possession in his shutdown role. More than anything, Backlund will spend his season working to improve his faceoff skills, not his shot. That means that 30 or so points will probably come his way, and without secondary stats like hits, blocked shots, or power-play production.

2014-15

Backlund finally started to showcase his first-round talent in 2013-14, scoring 18 goals and adding 21 assists in 76 games. He also was one of the few Flames to end the season with a positive plus/minus at plus-4. Backlund should be one of the top two centers for Calgary to start the year and could certainly end up with 40-50 points if he stays healthy.

2013-14

It's a do or die year for Backlund, who has failed to live up to expectations in his first four years in the NHL. The first-round pick (2007) has only 62 points in 170 games and has struggled with inconsistency and injuries. Nonetheless, with Calgary rebuilding, perhaps some of the pressure will be off Backlund and he can finally start to live up to his draft promise. He will compete for the No. 2 center spot, but his inability to score consistently should scare any fantasy owners away.

2012-13

The 2011-12 season was a disaster for Backlund, as he started the season as Calgary’s No. 1 center, then saw a lack of consistent play and injuries leave him fighting for a spot in the top four lines. He will look to remind coaches of what they saw of him in 2010-11, when he had 10 goals and 15 assists, as the No. 2 center spot in Calgary is still up for grabs. He has great potential, but he has to show that ability in games again.

2011-12

Backlund, the Flames' first-round draft selection of 2007, stands out as one of the top prospects on an organization that has a shortage of noteworthy young guns. His ascension to the NHL had been an arduous process, though a neck injury to Daymond Langkow allowed Backlund to stay up with the club for the majority of the season. In 73 games of NHL action, the Swede posted 10 goals and 15 assists, though he still watched a handful of games from the press box as a healthy scratch. He will be one to watch this season, as he can score and distribute the puck just as easily.

2010-11

Backlund more than held his own in a 23-game trial with the Flames last year, notching one goal and nine assists while playing on multiple lines. Whenever you look at a young player's numbers with the Flames, you have to take the system into account - this was a system that depressed offense, so Backlund's output is better than it looks. Backlund also fared well at the team's developmental camp this summer, and he's got a good chance to surpass Daymond Langkow in the Flames' pecking order and stick with the team all season long.

2009-10

Backlund is a bright prospect who finally came over to the WHL late last season after spending close to four years with Vasteras IK in Sweden. He notched 30 points in 28 games with Kelowna (WHL), showing that his skills will translate to the North American game just fine. The Flames will give him a long look during camp and even if he does wind up getting sent down to the AHL he could still make an impact at some point during the 2009-10 season if injuries hit the Flames' roster. Keep him on your radar, especially in keeper leagues.

2008-09

Backlund has spent the past three seasons with Vasteras IK in Sweden, scoring 20 points in 67 games in the process. He also helped Sweden to a silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships earlier in 2008. The No. 24 pick should get a shot at making the team in the fall, but unfortunately for him, the Flames are extremely deep at center. Don't completely count him out, however.

2007-08

The Flames' first round pick in 2007, Calgary expects big things out of the Swede Backlund in the future. The 18-year-old does not have overwhelming scoring power, but he is a great two-way player that should have a long career in the NHL. Give him a couple years before that happens, however, especially with his recent knee injury.

2006-07

Backlund is pure talent but his pre-draft ranking plummeted after a serious knee injury kept him off the radar for about four months. He's healthy and ready to go now, and could be a real steal if he can bulk up for the pro game. Thnk a point-per-game output, folks -- that's pretty nice fantasy fodder. His injury has put him under the radar; it shouldn't scare you off.