|Assets:||Has very good skating ability, two-way upside and the playmaking skills needed to put up points. A determined player, he can play either center or wing.|
|Flaws:||Needs to continue adding strength to his 6-0 frame in order to better fend off opposing defensemen. Must also improve his game-to-game consistency.|
|Career Potential:||Skilled, yet fragile forward with some upside.|
|7/10/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Calgary Flames to a two-year contract.|
|7/02/2013||Calgary Flames tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/09/2013||Missed 14 games (sprained knee).|
|2/08/2013||Sprained knee, injured reserve.|
|10/04/2012||Signed with VIK Vasteras HK (Sweden).|
|7/05/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Calgary Flames to a one-year contract.|
|6/25/2012||Calgary Flames tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/07/2012||Missed the last 26 regular season games (left arm injury).|
|2/16/2012||Left arm injury, injured reserve.|
|2/14/2012||Left arm injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/11/2011||Missed 14 games (finger injury).|
|10/04/2011||Finger injury, injured reserve.|
|3/06/2011||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/04/2011||Recalled from Abbotsford (AHL).|
|1/02/2011||Assigned to Abbotsford (AHL).|
|3/02/2010||Recalled from Abbotsford (AHL).|
|2/14/2010||Assigned to Abbotsford (AHL).|
|2/13/2010||Assigned to Abbotsford (AHL).|
|1/26/2010||Recalled from Abbotsford (AHL).|
|9/24/2009||Assigned to Abbotsford (AHL).|
|1/11/2009||Assigned to Kelowna (WHL).|
|1/08/2009||Recalled from Kelowna (WHL).|
|1/07/2009||Assigned to Kelowna (WHL).|
|10/04/2008||Returned to his team (VIK Vasteras HK-Sweden).|
|5/02/2008||Signed by the Calgary Flames.|
|9/12/2007||Returned to his team (VIK Vasteras HK-Sweden).|
|6/22/2007||Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round (24th overall) in 2007.|
Mikael Backlund held off scoresheet Saturday | 02/09/2014 4:25 AM
NewsMikael Backlund was held off the scoresheet on Saturday for only the second time in his last seven games.
ImpactBacklund was buzzing around the net as he led the Flames with eight shots on goal. He has 14 goals and 29 points in 57 games but has been red hot of late as he has five goals and nine points in his last seven contests.
Backlund isn't picked as Sedin replacement | 02/07/2014 8:17 AM
NewsMikael Backlund wasn't named as Sweden's injury replacement for the 2014 Winter Games.
ImpactWith the Olympics fast approaching, Henrik Sedin was unfortunately ruled out of the games. There was some speculation that Backlund would take his roster spot, but that didn't come to pass. Backlund has taken a nice step forward this season with 14 goals and 29 points in 56 games.
Mikael Backlund heating up at right time | 02/06/2014 9:44 PM
NewsMikael Backlund continued his torrid stretch Thursday as he potted a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Islanders.
ImpactA sleeper on many lists entering the season, the Calgary forward was invisible for the first 50 games until he exploded with 10 points in his last six outings. Dennis Wideman, Sean Monahan and David Jones all tallied for the Flames in the victory.
Report: Swedes to replace Sedin with Backlund | 02/06/2014 4:42 PM
NewsAccording to reports out of Sweden, Mikael Backlund will replace Henrik Sedin on the Swedish Men's Hockey team.
Sportsnet's Hockey Central on Twitter
ImpactSedin is hurting and he won't play in Vancouver's last two games before the Olympic break. Backlund has been red hot of late with five goals and three assists in his past five games.
Mikael Backlund earns 3rd star of the week | 02/03/2014 1:05 PM
NewsMikael Backlund has been named the NHL's third star of the week.
ImpactHe registered six points, including four goals, in three games last week to earn the honor. Backlund has picked up two points in each of his last four contests to give him 27 points on the year.
Mikael Backlund pots two, including OT winner | 02/02/2014 12:59 AM
NewsMikael Backlund scored twice -- including the overtime winner -- in the Flames' 4-3 victory against the Wild on Saturday night.
ImpactBacklund had quite the game, scoring once shorthanded in the third period and again 2:25 into the extra frame. He now has points in four straight games, with five goals over that span. Altogether, he has 13 goals and 27 points. T.J. Galiardi had a goal and an assist, while Dennis Wideman scored the other. Mark Giordano and Chris Butler registered two assists apiece.
Fiery hot: Flames' center Mikael Backlund | 02/01/2014 9:31 AM
NewsCenter Mikael Backlund of the Calgary Flames is turning into a first-rate fantasy player.
ImpactThe skilled Swede has put together three straight multi-point efforts and has helped the previously woeful Flames rattle off four consecutive victories. Backlund has now matched his career-high with 25 points, and there are still 28 dates remaining on Calgary's regular-season schedule. "The biggest change in him is understanding how to use his skill to create offense. Having skill and creating offence is not really the same thing," said Darryl Belfry, who has been working with Backlund as a personal development coach.
Backlund scores twice in win | 01/29/2014 3:05 AM
NewsMikael Backlund scored two goals in Calgary's 5-4 overtime win against Chicago Tuesday night.
ImpactBacklund now has 11 goals and 12 assists in 52 games this season. Matt Stajan also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Lee Stempniak assisted three goals in the victory. Defenseman T.J Brodie and Lance Bouma also scored for the Flames.
Hartley: Backlund's our best player right now | 01/16/2014 8:56 AM
NewsCalgary Flames coach Bob Hartley feels Mikael Backlund is the team's best player right now.
ImpactBacklund is on a three-game goal scoring streak. He might be great for Calgary, but beyond his recent hot streak, he's not particularly good for fantasy owners in standard leagues. He has nine goals and 19 points in 46 games this season.
Mikael Backlund scores in win over Carolina | 01/13/2014 9:33 PM
NewsMikael Backlund scored a goal for the Flames in Monday's 2-0 win over the Hurricanes.
ImpactThe power play marker is just the seventh of the season for Backlund, who has experienced a difficult campaign. Rookie Sean Monahan also found the back of the net in the win for Calgary.
Mikael Backlund nets just sixth of season | 01/12/2014 12:45 AM
NewsMikael Backlund sniped a goal for the Flames, who fell short in their 2-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.
ImpactThe 24-year-old former first-round pick, playing his 214th career game, has not developed into an offensive player, as this goal is just his 29th of his career. Backlund's sixth goal of the season snapped a nine-game goalless skid, and he has 17 points. T.J. Brodie and Jiri Hudler registered the assists.
| 12/30/2013 2:11 AM
NewsMikael Backlund returned to action on Sunday December 29.
Mikael Backlund may be a game-time call Sun. | 12/28/2013 3:57 PM
NewsMikael Backlund will probably be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against Vancouver.
Randy Sportak on Twitter
ImpactCoach Bob Hartley said Backlund missed practice on Saturday for maintenance purposes. He has five goals and 15 points in 37 games this season and he's a marginal fantasy player at best.
Mikael Backlund back as top-six forward | 12/21/2013 6:12 AM
NewsMikael Backlund is now playing between Michael Cammalleri and David Jones as a top six forward.
ImpactBacklund was struggling early on this season and found that he improved his game when he stopped overthinking everything. "Pretty much right after that, it started clicking," Backlund said. Backlund has five goals and 13 points in 34 games but now has two goals in his last three games. Playing with Cammalleri will help his fantasy value in deep leagues.
M. Backlund scores in Flames losing effort | 12/20/2013 9:19 AM
NewsMikael Backlund scored a goal in Calgary's 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday.
ImpactBacklund has two goals in his last three contests. He's somewhat hot right now, but his fantasy value is typically limited at best.
Mikael Backlund has 5 points in 8 games | 12/17/2013 9:23 AM
NewsMikael Backlund has two goals and five points in his last eight games.
ImpactThat's a step up for Backlund, who has 12 points in 32 contests overall in 2013-14. He doesn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues, but that might change in a couple seasons.
Injured Flames might lean on Mikael Backlund | 11/29/2013 8:58 AM
NewsMikael Backlund might find his way off of the fourth line with Sean Monahan (foot) sidelined.
Impact"I feel bad for Monny, but I'm ready to do it," Backlund said. "I'm going to do my best and see what happens." This situation is worth keeping an eye on. Backlund has two goals and seven points in 23 games this season.
Mikael Backlund bounces back well with Flames | 11/09/2013 9:55 AM
NewsMikael Backlund bounced back nicely for the Calgary Flames Friday night.
ImpactA healthy scratch last week against the Toronto Maple Leafs and a member most of the season of the Flames' fourth line, Backlund was flanked Friday by top-line players Michael Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler and made the most of his promotion, earning assists on both of Cammalleri's goals in a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche at Colorado. The Calgary Sun says Backlund looked like his old self.
Backlund hopes to bounce back from scratch | 11/01/2013 8:45 AM
NewsMikael Backlund is trying to stay positive after being a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Impact"It wasn't a bad start, I (just needed) a little better flow out there offensively," Backlund said. "I just never seemed to get it going. That's all my own fault ... but I'm still patient and I believe in myself." It looks like he'll return on Friday, but as a fourth liner.
Mikael Backlund a healthy scratch Wednesday | 10/31/2013 4:54 AM
NewsMikael Backlund was a healthy scratch on Wednesday for the first time this season as coach Bob Hartley is not happy with his play.
ImpactBacklund had two goals and four points in 11 games heading into action Wednesday but was placed on the fourth line Saturday and dropped from the lineup against Toronto as Hartley went with Tim Jackman to give the Flames a tougher lineup. "Toronto is a big, physical, tough team," Hartley said. "We needed to add some muscle and I sat with Backs. I'm a big fan of this young man . . . I told him I need more from him. I'm not pleased with his game and so is he. He's man enough he said he needs to do more. It was not a message or anything, but I told him if he was playing better and contributing offensively in a better way." Expect to see Backlund back in the lineup against the Red Wings but we cannot recommend him at this time.
Mikael Backlund missed practice Saturday | 10/14/2013 5:29 AM
NewsMikael Backlund missed practice on Saturday due to some minor bruises.
ImpactThe Flames are blocking more shots this season and one of the drawbacks will be actually getting hit by the shot and picking up the occasional bruise when the puck does not hit the equipment. Backlund is poised for a breakout season as he has a goal and two helpers in five games. He should be ready to go when the Flames play in Anaheim Wednesday.
Mikael Backlund re-ups with Flames for 2 yrs | 07/10/2013 4:55 PM
NewsMikael Backlund signed a two-year contract worth $3 million with the Flames.
ImpactThe 24-year-old netted eight goals and chipped in with eight more assists this past season. "Mikael really stepped-up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff," said Flames general manager Jay Feaster. "He came into camp in very good shape and also had regained his confidence. He parlayed that into a strong season, and if it wasn't for his injury we believe he would have progressed even further in his development. We need Mikael to be one of our go-to players this year, and we are excited about watching him continue to evolve and take that step to the next level as a player."
Flames expected to qualify four RFAs Tuesday | 07/02/2013 10:32 AM
NewsThe Flames are expected to officially extend qualifying offers to center Mikael Backlund and defensemen T.J. Brodie, Chris Butler and Mark Cundari on Tuesday.
ImpactThe team needs to file paperwork before the deadline Tuesday in order to ensure all four players remain restricted free agents. Of course, anyone who remembers the Blackhawks fiasco from a few years ago knows that RFA paperwork can always go sideways. Backlund and Brodie are particularly important pieces for Calgary moving forward and should remain under Flames control.
Flames say Mikael Backlund has foot fracture | 04/29/2013 8:15 PM
NewsMikael Backlund has a right foot fracture and won't play for Sweden in the world championships.
Flames on Twitter
ImpactBacklund had eight goals and 16 points in 32 games this season, although it's now fair to wonder how long he's been playing with this injury considering he played through the final game of the year. Backlund is scheduled for restricted free agency this summer and this injury certainly won't help his case. Regardless, the former first-round pick is unlikely to have any fantasy value in most formats.
Mikael Backlund scores Saturday | 04/14/2013 8:49 AM
NewsMikael Backlund found the back of the net on Saturday.
ImpactBacklund has seven goals and 14 points in 26 games. The Flames don't have much left to play for as a team, but every point Backlund gets will help him in his contract negotiations. He's scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Mikael Backlund needs a new contract | 04/12/2013 8:37 AM
NewsMikael Backlund is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Impact"Obviously, the better I play, the better contract I'll get - that's how it works," says Backlund. "So I'm trying to do my best and show them that I want to be a part of this team, I want to be part of the future of this organization. Hopefully, I'd like to stay here." Backlund is 24 and has never been much of an option in standard fantasy leagues. He inked a one-year, $725,000 contract for the 2012-13 campaign.
Mikael Backlund to center Cervenka, Baertschi | 04/08/2013 4:52 AM
NewsLook for Mikael Backlund to center Roman Cervenka and Sven Baertschi on Monday.
ImpactThe Flames will take on the Colorado Avalanche and with Baertschi being recalled on Sunday due to the injury suffered by Brian McGrattan, Calgary coach Bob Hartley will play his three talented European trained players together, hoping the line has some magic together. Backlund could be worth a pickup if the line clicks, in deeper leagues.
Flames to scratch Mikael Backlund, Butler | 03/22/2013 5:28 PM
NewsMikael Backlund will take a seat as a healthy scratch Friday.
ImpactHe will relegated to the press box against Columbus, along with defenseman Chris Butler. They will be replaced by Roman Cervenka and Derek Smith in the Flames' lineup.
| 03/19/2013 2:26 AM
NewsMikael Backlund returned to action on Monday March 18.
Mikael Backlund could return on Monday | 03/18/2013 6:15 AM
NewsMikael Backlund (cracked bone in foot) could return to the Calgary lineup as early as Monday.
ImpactThe Flames are in Dallas Monday to play the Stars and you may see Backlund in between Blake Comeau and Jiri Hudler after x-rays revealed that his foot injury suffered when he took a Kevin Klein shot off his foot Friday. "You feel bad for the guy," Comeau said about Backlund who has already missed 14 games this season with a knee injury. "He's had some tough luck with injuries last year and this year. He just adds that depth down the middle. We have some guys playing center who aren't natural centermen. So to have a guy like Backs who is a responsible player and plays hard every night - it's a big loss when he's not in the lineup." Backlund has seven points in 12 games thus far.
Backlund scores lone goal in 3-1 loss to LA | 03/12/2013 1:41 AM
NewsMikael Backlund scored his fourth goal of the season in the Calgary Flames 3-1 loss to the LA Kings. This was his second game since coming back from a knee injury.
ImpactHe has only played nine games thus far due to a knee injury, but he has been solid, scoring four times in 10 games. The skill is there but it's consistency the young Swede needs to take the next step in being a top six forward. The Flames will have to rebuild sooner rather than later, and the Flames brass hope he becomes a big part of that future. He's definitely worth a look in deep leagues.
Flames activate Mikael Backlund (knee) off IR | 03/09/2013 3:38 PM
NewsMikael Backlund (knee) has been activated off injured reserve by Calgary.
Calgary Flames on Twitter
ImpactHe hasn't played since Feb. 7 because of a knee injury. In eight games this season, Backlund has produced three goals and one assist.
Mikael Backlund (knee) doesn't play Wednesday | 03/07/2013 8:54 AM
NewsMikael Backlund (knee) missed Wednesday's contest.
ImpactBacklund has now been out for a month, but he's getting close to returning. Consider him day-to-day at this point.
Mikael Backlund skating in practice | 03/05/2013 7:15 AM
NewsMikael Backlund (knee) skated in practice on Monday.
ImpactBacklund will wear a knee brace upon his return and is getting close to returning as he was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey in practice Monday. "Yeah, it feels good," Backlund said. "I can do everything. The next step is the contact, being able to battle and stuff and see how that feels. We'll see when that is, but it felt good (Monday). I've pushed hard two days now. Every day, waking up, it's been a better day. I'm happy with that and happy with the progress . . . faster than projected." Backlund has three goals and four points in eight games this season as it was looking like he was beginning to emerge as a good center before his injury but we would wait a couple of games to see how he plays before activating him.
Mikael Backlund (knee) out four to six weeks | 02/09/2013 4:26 AM
NewsMikael Backlund, who was just beginning to emerge as a bona fide top-six forward for Calgary, suffered a sprained knee in Thursday's 4-3 overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets and will be out at least a month.
ImpactThe 23-year-old center was placed on injured reserve Friday. For Backlund, who had scored three times in his first eight games, it's his third significant injury since the beginning of last season.The Flames' first-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft missed nearly six weeks after breaking a finger in training camp in 2011-12. Then the skilled Swede suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in mid-February. "Thnx for all the great support #CofRed. I hope to be back ASAP and help the team making the playoffs!" Backlund wrote Friday evening on his Twitter account. According to the Flames, Backlund is officially out four-to-six weeks due to a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL. That's a mouthful of medical mumbo-jumbo. It's also a big chunk of action in a condensed schedule. If Backlund is, indeed, sidelined for the full six weeks, he'll miss 20 games. "Obviously, it's disappointing," said Flames GM Jay Feaster. "It's disappointing for him. He's frustrated."
Flames place Mikael Backlund on IR | 02/08/2013 6:19 PM
NewsCalgary Flames place C Mikael Backlund (undisclosed) on injured reserve.
ImpactBacklund left Thursday's game with the injury, but the team has yet to provide any details on the nature of the ailment or a recovery timeline. The move is retroactive to Feb. 7. Backlund has four points in eight games this season.
Mikael Backlund suffers an undisclosed injury | 02/08/2013 10:14 AM
NewsMikael Backlund was pulled from Thursday's game due to an undisclosed injury.
ImpactBacklund netted his third goal of the season in the second period before he was pulled. He has four points in eight games in 2013.
Mikael Backlund scores his first goal of 2013 | 01/24/2013 8:51 AM
NewsMikael Backlund netted his first goal of the season on Wednesday.
ImpactBacklund struggles last season with just four goals and 11 points in 41 games. He should take a step forward this season, but not to the extent that we can recommend owning him in standard leagues.
Backlund gets a hat trick in a scrimmage | 01/17/2013 10:21 AM
NewsMikael Backlund had a hat trick in Wednesday's scrimmage.
ImpactThat should help Backlund build a little extra confidence going into the shortened season. "Coming from last year where I struggled to score a lot, it's always good to score," said Backlund. "I'm just going to try and carry this with me. Still, it's just a scrimmage, but it always feels good to score." Backlund had four goals and 11 points in 41 games in 2011-12. He should do better than that in the shortened season, but we can't recommend drafting him in standard leagues.
Mikael Backlund in mix as top two center | 01/15/2013 7:04 AM
NewsMikael Backlund has a chance to be a top two center for Calgary this season.
ImpactThe Flames are weak down the middle as Roman Cervenka is out with blood clots and there is so little else on the team that they are moving Alex Tanguay from the wing to center, giving Backlund his chance. "We had a little talk, me and Bob," Backlund said on Monday. "A good meeting. Roman's out, he's a great player and we want him back as soon as possible. For me, that doesn't change anything, if he's in or out. I still have to prove myself, show them I'm good enough for this level, show them I'm a good top-six player. If I want to be a top-six player, it doesn't matter if guys are hurt or not." This could be Backlund's last chance for a top two role in Calgary so this is an important season for the 23-year-old. Take a chance and draft him very late in the deepest of leagues only.
Top line duty may await Mikael Backlund | 01/08/2013 4:52 PM
NewsMikael Backlund could be a sleeper to center Calgary's top line when the regular season begins.
ImpactHe lost his shot at that job last year when he suffered a broken finger in a pre-season practice and he ended up posting just 11 points in 41 games. Backlund should arrive at camp with plenty of confidence this time around after playing very well with Vasteras in Sweden's second division. He found a great of chemistry with St. Louis forward Patrik Berglund, which helped him register 12 goals and 30 points in 23 games. He would also fit more comfortably into the role than trying to convert a winger and would be the next best option if Roman Cervenka isn't healthy enough.
|10/30/2013||Cgy||Tor||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||43||30||28||58||-||58||-||-||-||-||-||1.35|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||5||1||0||1||-||4||-||-||-||-||-||0.20|
|Goals||2||2 times-last:vs. Min||last:Feb 1||1|
|Assists||2||3 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Jan 30||2|
|Points||2||7 times-last:at NYI||last:Feb 6||2|
|Penalty Minutes||4||vs. Nas||Jan 24||17|
|Plus/Minus||2||at Nas||Jan 14||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||4 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Jan 24||1|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. Nas||Jan 24||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||3 times-last:vs. Min||last:Feb 1||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||3 times-last:vs. Min||last:Feb 1||0|
|Shots||8||at Phi||Feb 8||7|
|Penalty Minutes||29||2012-13 (Cgy)|
|Power Play Goals||2||3 times-last: 2012-13 (Cgy)|
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