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Mikael Backlund | Center | #11

Team: Calgary Flames
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/17/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 199
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (24) / CAL
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Mikael Backlund is on the bubble when it comes to the roster selection for Team Sweden for the World Cup.
Backlund recently finished a stint serving Sweden in the 2016 World Championship where Sweden only had eight NHL regulars on the roster. Because of the team's relative lack of NHL talent, Sweden leaned heavily on Backlund, getting him to log over 21 minutes in six of the Swede's eight games. "It’s always an honor to play for Team Sweden and for me to say no, it’s going to take a lot," Backlund said. Perhaps his willingness to answer the call when asked will help push him over the edge in the roster selection process. If he is part of Team Sweden, it would be as a third or fourth-line forward. May 25 - 8:17 AM
Source: Calgary Sun

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Mikael Backlund scored his first career hat trick during Thursday's 7-3 win over Vancouver.

You knew it was going to be a special night for Backlund after he banked the opening salvo off Ryan Miller from well behind the goal line. That was on the power play. He'd later add an even strength goal and a short-handed goal off a pretty feed to cap the achievement. He now has 21 goals (new career high) and 46 points this season, with six goals and seven points over his last three games.
Apr 8 - 12:43 AM

The 2015-16 campaign has the potential to be the first time Mikael Backlund has played in all 82 games of a single season.

Going into the season Backlund had only surpassed the 70-game mark on two occasions and his career-high was 76 contests in 2013-14. He's already bested that by participating in 78 games thus far. "I don’t need to prove (I can stay healthy) to anyone," Backlund said. "But it was a goal for myself to play 82 games." Along the way he's scored 17 goals and 42 points in 2015-16.
Apr 5 - 9:12 AM

Mikael Backlund leads the Calgary Flames with a plus-10 rating.

That's a personal best for Backlund, who has never finished a season with a plus/minus rating above five. "From minus-nine to plus-10," Backlund said. "You hear people say it’s a bad stat, but in the end, I take pride in not being on the ice when they score … I take a lot of pride in being a plus-player. That was my goal at the start of the year. Hopefully, keep going now that I’ve talked about it." He also has 15 goals and 39 points in 70 contests this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 18 - 10:36 AM

Mikael Backlund had two assists in Calgary's 4-1 win over Winnipeg Wednesday night.

Backlund extended his point streak to four games. He has 15 goals and 39 points in 70 games this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 17 - 10:33 AM

Mikael Backlund had an assist in a 7-4 victory against St. Louis on Monday.

Backlund is on a three-game point streak and has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six contests. He has 15 goals and 37 points in 69 contests in 2015-16.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 15 - 9:02 AM

Mikael Backlund can't stop scoring.

Backlund collected the Flames' only goal of the evening as they fell 4-1 to the Coyotes. Backlund has collected four goals and five points over his last five games, giving him a total of 15 goals and 36 points in 68 games thus far.
Mar 12 - 2:37 AM

Mikael Backlund now has goals in consecutive games thanks to his tally in Friday's 5-2 win over Vancouver.

Backlund now has 10 goals and 29 points on the season, putting him eight goals and 10 points shy of his respective career highs. But it's worth noting he's now the owner of four seasons of at least 10 goals and is still just 26-years-old.
Feb 20 - 12:23 AM

With his goal during Thursday's 6-5 shootout win over San Jose, Mikael Backlund is now the proud owner of a three-game point streak.

Backlund has posted goals in each game and added on an assist as well, giving him four points over his last four games. The 26-year-old veteran is now up to 59 goals and 154 points in 351 games, a good rate if your league is deep enough.
Feb 12 - 1:53 AM

Mikael Backlund has six assists in his last five games.

Backlund has been part of an effective line with Sam Bennett and Michael Frolik. Bennett has gotten a lot of the credit for their success, but Backlund has done his part too and is reaping the rewards. "Those guys are good players," Bob Hartley said. "Benny has been kind of hot lately. So, I’m happy for him. We just have to keep working and try to talk and build even more chemistry." Backlund isn't a bad pickup right now, provided that this line stays intact.
Jan 23 - 4:48 AM

Mikael Backlund scored and added an assist in the Flames' 4-2 win over the Sharks on Tuesday.

Backlund was named the first star of the game for his efforts which included five shots on net and a plus-1 rating. That is two goals in the last three games for Backlund who has four goals and 11 assists in 27 games this season. Two other Flames recorded multi-point nights against the Sharks as well. Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman each had two assists.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 12:06:00 AM

Mikael Backlund picked up three assists on Saturday.

The trio of helpers all occurred in the first period, Backlund has been terrific this week with a goal and five points in his last two games. Unfortunately he had only one helper in his first 13 games so his overall stats are just okay.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 06:30:00 AM

Mikael Backlund was credited for the overtime winner against the Flyers on Thursday night.

Good things happen when you go to the net. Backlund crashed the net as Johnny Gaudreau led a rush in overtime, and his shot just so happened to hit Backlund on the rebound and go in. But hey, it looks like a snipe in the books. Backlund now has two goals and three points this season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 12:45:00 AM

Mikael Backlund spent Saturday as the Flames fourth line center.

He played only 9:22 and that was third least on the Flames as only Brandon Bollig and Mason Raymond saw less time. Backlund was a plus-one with three shots on goal but the fact remains that 12 games into the season he has only one goal without an assist.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 05:46:00 AM

Mikael Backlund scored Calgary's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Winnipeg on Friday night.

The goal was Backlund's first of the season. Sam Bennett did most of the heavy lifting on the goal, as he took the puck in Winnipeg's zone and tried a wraparound that Ondrej Pavelec stopped. Fortunately for Backlund, he buried a rebound that came right to him.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 10:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sean Monahan
2Mikael Backlund
3Matt Stajan
4Linden Vey
LW1Johnny Gaudreau
2Sam Bennett
3Lance Bouma
4Hunter Shinkaruk
5Brandon Bollig
6Matthew Tkachuk
RW1Michael Frolik
2Troy Brouwer
3Alex Chiasson
4Micheal Ferland
D1Mark Giordano
2T.J. Brodie
3Dennis Wideman
4Dougie Hamilton
5Ladislav Smid
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Deryk Engelland
8Oliver Kylington
G1Brian Elliott
2Chad Johnson