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David Backes | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
Contract: view contract details

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The Blues seem set on icing a clear first and second power play this season.
In the past, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock used three different units but wants to pare down the number of players who will work when the team has the man advantage to increase efficiency. The first unit will likely feature Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Alex Steen, David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk, while the second unit will be comprised of Jaden Schwartz, Troy Brouwer, Jori Lehtera, Alex Pietrangelo and newcomer Colton Parayko. Adjust your draft lists accordingly. Oct 3 - 2:49 PM

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The Flyers are not interested in trading for David Backes, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

An Internet report suggested the Blues were interested in Brayden Schenn as part of the package. "Be careful of Internet reports," Hextall said. "I wouldn't discuss that with you anyway, but you can figure that one for yourself based on my comments on the last year or so." In a nutshell, the Flyers don’t want to move youth for older players. Backes will make $4.75 million in the last year of a five-year contract.
Sep 6 - 11:09 AM

David Backes notched a goal and an assist in Game 4 to help the Blues even up their firs round playoff series against Minnesota.

The Blues cruised to a 6-1 victory and Backes got the scoresheet after being held pointless in his previous three outings. Backes was back with Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie in the contest and he logged a series-high20:15 of ice time.
Apr 23 - 12:44 PM

David Backes was unable to help lead his Blues to a Game Three victory on Monday night, falling 3-0 to Minnesota.

The Wild now leads the series 2-1. Backes led the team with three shots and six hits during his 18:25 of work. He remains pointless thus far, and has only four goals and 11 points in 26 career playoff games.
Apr 20 - 11:18 PM

David Backes is projected to stay with Dmitrij Jaskin and Patrik Berglund when the playoffs begin.

Alexander Steen will play with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko, while T.J. Oshie will skate alongside Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny.
Apr 13 - 4:59 PM

David Backes scored a power-play goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over Chicago.

His 26th marker of the year was assisted by Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk. Backes has picked up a point (one goal, two assists) in each of his past three games.
Apr 6 - 12:36 PM

David Backes scored his 25th goal of the season on Thursday night during the Blues' 2-1 shootout loss to Winnipeg.

The 30-year-old extended his points streak to four games, in which he has three goals and three assists for six points. Backes has 52 points in 75 games this season.
Mar 20 - 12:34 AM

David Backes had a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win versus Calgary on Tuesday night.

He had the secondary helper on a pair of goals by Alexander Steen in the match and he scored his 24 goal of the season into an empty net to cap off the win. Backes has 51 points and 96 penalty minutes in 69 games.
Mar 18 - 2:37 PM

David Backes scored the only goal for the Blues in their 3-1 loss to the Wild on Saturday night.

He also won 60% of his face-offs. Backes has four points over his past five games, part of another fine season from the rugged center. He has 23 goals and 47 points. Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny picked up the assists. Dmitrj Jaskin had seven shots on net.
Mar 14 - 10:58 PM

David Backes tallied his 20th goal of the season Tuesday night, but it wasn't to help the Blurs withstand a 5-2 loss to Montreal.

Backes has now reached the 20-goal mark five times in his career and at just 30 years of age, could certainly repeat the feat a few more times. T.J. Oshie also registered his 17th marker of the campaign in the loss.
Feb 24 - 11:17 PM

Just in case you were worried, David Backes won't face supplemental discipline for his boarding major on Washington's Karl Alzner.

He amassed 15 minutes in penalties Sunday on the play, including a game misconduct, but the NHL felt that was enough. Backes will be able to play on Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Feb 2 - 6:46 PM

David Backes was ejected from Sunday's game against Washington for boarding Karl Alzner.

Backes received a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for his actions. These two teams may not play each other often, but there is no love lost between them. Blues' defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk already left the game after colliding with Alex Ovechkin and now Backes has been tossed. Alzner was cut over his left eye.
Feb 1 - 2:33 PM

David Backes scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over Carolina.

The 30-year-old forward has now extended his point-streak to nine games and he has collected at least a point in 11 of his last 12 games. Backes' first period goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead in the game, but the Hurricanes were able to tie it up and force a shootout. Backes has 17 goals and 35 points in 47 games this season. Ryan Reaves also scored in regulation for the Blues, while Kevin Shattenkirk scored the shootout winner.
Jan 30 - 10:09 PM

David Backes had two assists in Saturday's 3-0 win over Toronto.

After getting off to a slow start offensively, Backes has really picked it up in 2015. He is on a six-game point streak, and he has picked up 13 points during that span. The 30-year-old 16 goals and 16 assists in 44 games this season. Backes' assists came on third period goals from Alex Steen and T.J. Oshie.
Jan 18 - 10:23 AM

Look for Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock to play the David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Alexander Steen line against Toronto's top line Saturday night.

He intends to have the Backes line go head-to-head with the Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, James vanRiemsdyk unit. As the Blues are at home and have the last change, this is not good news for the Buds and the Kessel line. Keep an eye on this Saturday night. It should be an interesting matchup.
Jan 17 - 2:01 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Steve Ott
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Patrik Berglund
5Scottie Upshall
6Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Robert Bortuzzo
6Colton Parayko
7Joel Edmundson
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen