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Mikael Backlund

28-Year-Old Center – Calgary Flames

2017-18 NHL Stats

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2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Backlund enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2016-17, as he posted new career highs in goals (22) and assists (31), breaking the 50-point mark for the first time. Perhaps even more promising was the fact that the Swedish pivot exploded for a career-best 16 power-play ...

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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 failed to register a point for the third consecutive game during Thursday's 2-1 loss to Carolina.

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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 1:41 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 81 22 31 53 9 36 197 11.2 7 0 17:36 7 9 16 2:03 55 41
2017-18 28 NHL CGY 7 2 1 3 0 8 11 18.2 0 0 18:47 0 1 1 2:20 8 5
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2017-18 Time On Ice Stats

18:47

Average Time On Ice

On average, Mikael Backlund was on the ice for 18:47.

2:20

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Mikael Backlund was on the ice for 2:20 during power plays.

3:44

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Mikael Backlund was on the ice for 3:44 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2015-16 16:26 1:36 1:46
2016-17 17:36 2:03 2:15
2017-18 18:47 2:20 3:44

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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 19 CAR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 20:50 0:59
Oct 14 VAN@VAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 17:41 2:52
Oct 13 OTT 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 18:36 1:52
Oct 11 LOS@LOS 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 1 1 20:22 3:53
Oct 9 ANA@ANA 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 100.0 0 2 17:45 1:55
Oct 7 WPG 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 0 0 18:31 3:54
Oct 4 EDM@EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 1 17:47 0:53

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

Backlund (back) is listed on the Flames' training camp roster, suggesting that he's recovered from his injury.

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Backlund will not play with Team Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship due to recurring back pain, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports.

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Backlund tacked on two assists -- including one on the power play -- Monday, but the Flames ended up losing Game 3 to the Ducks in overtime, 5-4.

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Backlund scored while shorthanded in Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Ducks.

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Backlund managed a primary assist on the game's first goal by Michael Frolik on Friday. The Flames beat the Stars at home, 3-1.

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Backlund posted his 20th goal of the season with a plus-1 rating in Friday's 3-2 overtime win against the Red Wings.

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Backlund scored a goal and added a power-play assist Thursday in a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.

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Backlund scored twice in Tuesday's 6-5 overtime win over the Predators.

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Backlund collected two assists and fired four shots on goal in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

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Backlund scored the decisive goal at 1:13 of overtime in Friday's 4-3 win against the Devils.

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Backlund scored a pair of goals with an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win against the Panthers.

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Backlund notched two assists -- one on the power play -- as well as a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's win over San Jose.

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2016-17

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. He’s not much of a faceoff man despite being the Flames’ second-line center, but the Swede makes up for it with his defensive effort and penalty-killing ability. A first-round pick (24th overall) back in 2007, Backlund was looking like a bust – at least for fantasy purposes – until this past season, but he’s one of those NHLers whose value doesn’t always show up on the scoresheet. The rebuilding Flames are on the rise, but Backlund’s fantasy utility doesn’t promise to do the same unless he can get quality help on his wings. That’s far from guaranteed as the season approaches.

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.