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David Backes

30-Year-Old Right Wing – St. Louis Blues

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Although the spotlight seemed to shine on linemates Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie more often during the Blues’ 52-win season, Backes was the engine that made everything click, providing leadership, his usual reliable defense, and a superb 27 goals and 30 assists in 74 games...

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STATUS:  Day-To-Day    INJURY:  Upper Body    EST. RETURN:  10/30/2014
SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 221   DOB: 5/1/1984
BORN: Minneapolis, Minnesota   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #62 Overall in 2003   Show ContractHide Contract

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David Backes Contract Information:

Signed a five-year extension worth $22.5 million with the Blues in November of 2010.

October 29, 2014  –  David Backes News

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Not surprisingly, Backes did not participate in the Blues' practice on Wednesday, Lou Korac of the Blues' official site reports.

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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
2006-07 22 49 10 13 23 6 37 89 11.2 2 0 2 0 2
2007-08 23 72 13 18 31 -11 99 129 10.1 2 0 3 0 3
2008-09 24 82 31 23 54 -3 165 208 14.9 1 2 17:41 6 5 11 2:33 204 52
2009-10 25 79 17 31 48 -4 106 163 10.4 3 0 18:18 5 3 8 2:31 266 60
2010-11 26 NHL STL 82 31 31 62 32 93 211 14.7 2 0 19:42 5 10 15 2:42 213 40
2011-12 27 NHL STL 82 24 30 54 15 101 234 10.3 4 2 20:00 8 9 17 2:40 226 72
2012-13 28 NHL STL 48 6 22 28 5 62 100 6.0 1 0 19:37 1 4 5 2:27 158 41
2013-14 29 NHL STL 74 27 30 57 14 119 165 16.4 5 0 19:33 10 6 16 2:53 273 56
2014-15 30 NHL STL 8 2 3 5 0 6 19 10.5 1 0 17:17 2 1 3 2:31 14 3
2014-15 Proj 30 NHL STL 76 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for David Backes

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Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, David Backes was on the ice for 17:17.

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Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, David Backes was on the ice for 2:31 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 19:37 2:27
2013-14 19:33 2:53
2014-15 17:17 2:31

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David Backes 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 28 at DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 4:48 0:57
Oct 25 CHI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 0 19:01 3:12
Oct 23 VAN 0 1 1 -2 4 0 1 0 1 0.0 2 0 19:13 3:10
Oct 19 at ANH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 1 21:52 2:06
Oct 18 at ARI 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 4 25.0 3 0 19:20 1:44
Oct 16 at LA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 1 18:46 3:27
Oct 11 CGY 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 33.3 1 1 17:15 1:50
Oct 9 NYR 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 0 17:58 3:39

David Backes: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Backes was removed from Tuesday's game against the Stars with an upper-body injury and will not return.

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Backes netted a power-play goal and added an assist in Saturday's blowout win over Arizona.

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Backes scored his first goal of the season on the power play Saturday against Calgary.

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Backes finished the preseason with three goals and no assists in three games played.

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Backes will center wingers Patrick Berglund and TJ Oshie on the Blues' top line to start the year, according to coach Ken Hitchcock, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Backes played through a broken toe in four games of the Blues' series with the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Backes (head) returned to action Friday night. He played 21:35 and fired two shots on net, laid eight hits and finished minus-2.

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Backes (head) should be in the lineup for Game 5 after taking the ice in pregame warmups, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Backes (head) did not participate in Friday's morning skate, but has not yet been ruled out for Game 5 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Backes (head) did not take the ice Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

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Backes (head) is listed as a scratch for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Backes is not on the ice for pregame warmups, suggesting that he won't be playing Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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2013-14

Backes had a dismal lockout-shortened season last year. The two-time 30-goal scorer mustered only six tallies which amounts to just 10 goals in a full season. But a bounce back season in the forecast. The addition of Maxim Lapierre should allow Backes to focus more on offense and less on defending the other team's top scorers. And the Blues also added center Derek Roy, which has sparked talk of moving Backes to the wing. That could spell multi-position eligibility for a rejuvenated Backes and a return to consistency in all of the fantasy categories.

2012-13

The captain returns to anchor the Blues' top line. Backes entered the NHL as a right winger, but now brings the same power forward mentality to the center position. He led the Blues with 24 goals last season and tied for the team lead with 54 points. It doesn't really matter who lines up with Backes on the first line, as he has established an on-ice rapport with several wingers. He doesn't get a lot of ink, but Backes produces in several categories while maintaining a good plus-minus ratio for the Blues. He'll be a safe, if under the radar, selection in all fantasy formats, especially leagues that reward penalty minutes.

2011-12

Backes re-emerged as a scoring threat on the Blues top line in 2010-11, after a 14-goal drop the previous season. He also joined the 30-30-30 club, scoring 31 goals with 31 assists and a plus-32. We’re seeing a maturing Backes, who showed a good two-way game and reduced the number of penalty minutes taken for the second straight season while still amongst the league leaders in Hits. He’s central to the Blues going forward after signing a five-year extension and is likely to be named a captain this season. Whether he remains at center or right wing, Backes will see first line minutes as well as time on the power play.

2010-11

It's looking like Backes' 31 goals in 2008-09 was a spike year after he fell back to 17 tallies while his shooting percentage dropped 4.5% last season. At 26, the U.S. Olympian is still young and he's entering the final year of his contract, so there's youth and motivation on his side. The Blues did nothing to upgrade its scoring punch in the offseason, so Backes returns as a top-six forward, most likely skating right wing on the second line.

2009-10

Backes, 25, is another in an impressive corps of young forwards on the Blues, though he didn't come with the pedigree of the others. He finished second behind Brad Boyes in points (54) and goals (31) in 2008-09. His was a season which, much like the Blues finishing in sixth place, was not expected. He really came alive when coach Andy Murray switched him from right-wing to center. He may not be a big gun this time next year, but he's earned the playing time and the chance to center the first line. His game isn't pretty, but there's value in scoring power forwards. Backes amassed a team-high 165 minutes in penalties (ninth in NHL) and is gold in leagues that reward PIM.

2008-09

Backes isn't a finesse player which tempers his upside in fantasy leagues but his physical presence will gain him more ice time and responsibility as he enters his 3rd year with the Blues. He hasn’t shown the skill that teammate Keith Tkachuk showed at the same age but they play a similar game and Backes should see more time in the slot on the power play this year, especially if Tkachuk doesn’t produce.

2007-08

Backes collected a goal and an assist in his first two games with the Blues last season and never looked back, en route to a respectable 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-six rating for the year. Don't expect too much more out of Backes this season, as his ice time should be more limited with the arrival of guys like Paul Kariya and Brad Boyes. But Backes has proven he has what it takes to be a top-six forward in the NHL, and should be on your longer-term fantasy radar.

2006-07

Backes is expected to spend most of this season in the minors. He'll be a regular NHL'er someday but he's still developing.