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11 Mikael Backlund C
Height/Weight: 6-0/198 | Birthdate: 3/17/1989 | Birthplace: Vasteras, Sweden | Team: Calgary Flames | College: None | NHL Experience: 6 | Salary: $725,000 | Owned/Started%: 12/1 | Average Draft Position: 231.30
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11/26/2014

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY

Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Now Week-To-Week

News: Mikael Backlund had an abdominal procedure Wednesday and is now considered week-to-week, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Analysis: It seemed like Mikael Backlund was getting closer to a return, but he can't seem to shake this abdominal injury. He may not be returning for months instead of weeks now, so if you were stashing him, now is the time to cut him loose.

11/19/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Back On The Ice

News: Mikael Backlund (abdomen) is skating on his own but still has some conditioning to do before returning to the lineup, according to the Calgary Herald.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund is hoping to finally kick this abdominal injury that has been plaguing him for months, and the Flames are going to give him as much time as he needs to avoid setbacks. Consider him week-to-week until he starts practicing with the team again.

10/30/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames Place Backlund On IR

News: Mikael Backlund was placed on injured reserve Thursday and is considered week-to-week with an abdominal issue, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund has been bothered by the abdominal issue since training camp, but the team decided it was best for him to take some time off to recover from the injury. Backlund had played productively in spite of the ailment, contributing one goal and four assists in the Flames' 11 games. He'll be replaced on the 23-man roster by Michael Ferland.

10/30/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames Place Backlund On IR

News: Mikael Backlund was placed on injured reserve Thursday and is considered week-to-week with an abdominal issue, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund has been bothered by the abdominal issue since training camp, but the team decided it was best for him to take some time off to recover from the injury. Backlund had played productively in spite of the ailment, contributing one goal and four assists in the Flames' 11 games. He'll be replaced on the 23-man roster by Michael Ferland.

10/20/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Dishes Assist

News: Mikael Backlund notched an assist Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund now has three points in three games and looks much more comfortable after missing the preseason. After a career year in 2013-14, perhaps Backlund is finally putting it all together. Fifty points is not out of the question if Backlund can avoid injury, but health and consistency have always been issues for him.

10/15/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Nets OT Winner

News: Mikael Backlund scored the game-winner in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Despite his team being outplayed for most of the game, Mikael Backlund was able to sneak a wrister past Corey Crawford in overtime to lift the Flames to victory. The center now has a goal and an assist in five games so far this season.

10/3/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Returns To Practice

News: Mikael Backlund (abdomen) returned to practice Friday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Though he hasn't officially received clearance to play, things appear to be trending in the right direction for Mikael Backlund. He noted after practicing that he'd be ready to play if the regular season began on Saturday, so suffice to say, he'll be ready to play in Calgary's Oct. 9 opener against Edmonton.

9/28/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames Hope Backlund Ready When Season Starts

News: Mikael Backlund is still struggling with an abdominal strain, but coach Bob Hartley is aiming for him to play in the season opener, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund is a top-two center for Calgary, so the Flames would like to get him in the lineup to start the season on the right foot. Backlund is coming off a career-high 39-point campaign.

9/23/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund More Injured Than Thought

News: Mikael Backlund's abdominal strain is worse than originally thought, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund was originally expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but head coach Bob Hartley stated Monday that he's worried about Backlund's status. The team hasn't given any sort of timetable for the center's return, so keep an eye out for an update in the next few days.

9/20/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Calgary's Backlund Has Abdominal Strain

News: Mikael Backlund has been limited in his practice with an abdominal strain, according to the Calgary Sun.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund should be fine for when the season starts, but be does have a history of being plagued with injuries. He's coming off a 39-point season, his best in the NHL so far.

4/15/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund To Play In World Championships

News: Mikael Backlund (hand) will compete for Sweden in the IHHF World Championships in Belarus in May, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: This bit of news would suggest that the Flames are confident Mikael Backlund will be recovered from his left thumb injury by that time. The Swedish team will play their first preliminary game May 1 in Stockholm, and Backlund doesn't anticipate to be limited in his preparation. The 25-year-old submitted an excellent season for the Flames in 2013-14, putting up 18 goals and 21 assists in 76 games.

4/13/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Backlund Among Flames' Sunday Scratches

News: Mikael Backlund (hand) won't play Sunday against the Canucks.
Analysis: Joining Mikael Backlund on the team's list of Sunday scratches are Ladislav Smid, Dennis Wideman, T.J. Brodie, Mike Cammalleri, David Jones, Markus Granlund, Tyler Wotherspoon, Kenny Agostino and Bryce Van Brabant.

4/11/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Out Friday

News: Mikael Backlund (hand) is out for Friday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund will miss a fourth consecutive game, but he hasn't been ruled out beyond Friday. The Flames' season finale is scheduled for Sunday against the Canucks.

4/7/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Out For Monday

News: Mikael Backlund (hand) will not play in Monday's tilt with the Devils, according to the Calgary Herald.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund has played well this season, amassing a career-high 39 points in 76 games. He's been able to stay consistent and healthy for the first time, and should be one of the team's top centers heading into 2014-15.

4/4/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Out Friday

News: Mikael Backlund (hand) will not play in Friday's game against the Panthers, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund hurt his hand while blocking a shot during Thursday's game, and he will miss at least one contest. The Flames will reportedly slide Mike Cammalleri over to center in Backlund's absence Friday.

4/4/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Questionable Friday

News: Mikael Backlund took a shot off the hand during Thursday's game and is questionable for Friday against the Panthers, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund may come down to a game-time decision, but he played his typical 20 minutes Thursday. He's registered 26 shots on goal over the last five games but has just one point (an assist) over that stretch.

3/22/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Tallies Goal, Assist Friday

News: Mikael Backlund scored a goal and assisted on another during the Flames' 6-5 loss to the Predators on Friday.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund has been stepping it up lately and now has four goals and three assists with a plus-7 rating over his last five games. He now has 18 goals and 19 assists on the year and should be active in most lineups while playing this well.

3/16/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Backlund Scores In Flames' Loss

News: Mikael Backlund posted a power-play goal in Saturday's contest with Phoenix.
Analysis: He's had a very productive week: 3-2-5 in four games. He's still young -- he turns 25 Monday -- and is enjoying a career year, already establishing personal bests in several offensive categories. If you can grab him cheaply and hold him for the long term, he'll probably pay handsome returns.

3/12/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Adds Three Points In Win

News: Mikael Backlund racked up two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Ducks.
Analysis: The Flames chased Ducks net minder Jonas Hiller in the first period after scoring three goals on just five shots. Mikael Backlund used the opportunity to rack up three more points, and now has a line of 16/17/33 through 65 games on the season.

3/11/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Grabs Assist On Monday

News: Mikael Backlund notched an assist in a 3-2 losing effort against the Kings on Monday.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund went into the Olympic Break on fire, but Monday's assist was his first point in seven games since the break. It appears he's back to his inconsistent fantasy self, scoring in bursts but then going through droughts.

2/6/2014

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY Backlund Has Fourth Two-Point Night In Five Games

Mikael Backlund

Backlund Has Fourth Two-Point Night In Five Games

News: Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist in Thursday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: That gives Mikael Backlund four two-point games in his last five games. Backlund is entering the break playing some of the best hockey of his year.

2/2/2014

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY Calgary's Backlund: Another Two-Point Night

Mikael Backlund

Calgary's Backlund: Another Two-Point Night

News: Mikael Backlund posted his fourth straight two-point game Saturday, logging a third-period shorthanded tally and a game-winner in overtime as the Flames edged the Wild, 4-3.
Analysis: It's hard to argue with a guy who keeps posting crooked numbers. Ride this hot streak while you can, but remember that just four games ago, he had just 19 points in 50 games.

1/31/2014

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY Flames' Backlund Assists Twice

Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Assists Twice

News: Mikael Backlund assisted on two of Calgary's four goals in Thursday's win over the Sharks -- his third straight two-point game.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund's had a quiet season up until these last three games, as he'd totaled 19 points in 50 games before Thursday. With 25 points now, he's tied his career high, but is still a fairly fringy fantasy contributor.

1/28/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Backlund's Two Goals Pace Flames

News: Mikael Backlund opened the scoring just 1:13 into the first period Tuesday against the Blackhawks, then added a second-period shorthanded goal in an eventual 5-4 overtime win.
Analysis: With the two markers, Mikael Backlund now has a new career high in goals (11) and is just two shy of his career high in points (25). Six of his goals have come in the last nine games, and while that's a great positive sign, we're going to have to see more before calling this a real breakout.

1/25/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Backlund Tallies Goal, Assist On Friday

News: Mikael Backlund scored his ninth goal of the season and assisted on another during the Flames' shootout win over the Predators on Friday.
Analysis: The points were Mikael Backlund's first in five games after being on a three-game goal-scoring streak earlier. He now has nine goals and 12 assists through 51 games this season.