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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: 5 | Salary: $725,000 | Owned/Started%: 26/12 | Average Draft Position: 231.58
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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.

1/15/2014

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY Flames' Backlund Scores In Third Straight Game

Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Scores In Third Straight Game

News: Mikael Backlund lit the lamp for the third straight game Tuesday in a 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Analysis: Although the Flames are floundering, Mikael Backlund has really come into his own over the last few weeks and is now logging more than 20 minutes a game most nights. Coach Hartley has singled him out for praise as of late, and he's certainly on pace to pass his career high of 25 points. Backlund may be worth a shot in deeper leagues, at least while he's hot.

1/12/2014

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Mikael Backlund

Flames Lose Despite Backlund's Tally

News: Mikael Backlund logged Calgary's lone goal in a 2-1 loss at home to the Penguins. It's his sixth marker of the campaign.
Analysis: There aren't a lot of good offensive options in Calgary right now. But the 24-year-old Mikael Backlund is at least on the rise; he's poised to post career-best scoring numbers, and looks like a decent long-term keeper in legacy leagues.

12/29/2013

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Misses Morning Skate

News: Mikael Backlund (undisclosed) did not take part in Sunday's morning skate, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: While officially a game-time decision, Mikael Backlund's status for Sunday's tilt is looking closer to doubtful in light of this news. If Backlund indeed cannot go against Vancouver due to the still unspecified injury, Markus Granlund would slot into the lineup with Matt Stajan possibly up to center the first line.

12/28/2013

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Questionable To Play Sunday

News: Mikael Backlund (undisclosed) is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday against the Canucks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund was absent from Saturday's practice, with coach Bob Hartley offering no specifics on his absence other than that he was dealing with an injury from Friday's game. The Flames will see how he progresses overnight and during Sunday's morning skate before making a declaration on his status.

12/19/2013

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Nets Fifth In Loss

News: Mikael Backlund netted his fifth goal of the season in Thursday's loss to Detroit.
Analysis: With only five goals on the season Mikael Backlund hasn't been quite the offensive force that Calgary and fantasy owners were hoping for. His play has picked up of late however but he may never be more than a 10-15 goal scorer in the NHL.

12/13/2013

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Notches Assist In Win

News: Mikael Backlund had an assist in the Flames' 2-1 overtime win against the Hurricanes on Thursday.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund is on a mini roll, with four points in his last six games. His play has picked up considerably over the last month in all facets, and he's starting to play more like a first-round pick. That being said, 11 points in 30 games is not optimal in fantasy terms, so don't expect too much out of him scoring-wise.

11/1/2013

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Back In Lineup Friday

News: Mikael Backlund will be back in the lineup Friday against Detroit, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Coach Bob Hartley wants Mikael Backlund to have more of an offensive outlook, thus the healthy scratch Wednesday. Backlund has been inconsistent and could use a fire lit under him, so hopefully the healthy scratch motivates him.

10/31/2013

Mikael Backlund, C, CGY Flames' Backlund A Healthy Scratch Wednesday

Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund A Healthy Scratch Wednesday

News: Mikael Backlund was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Toronto.
Analysis: The move was likely meant to light a fire under the inconsistent center, as he started the season well, but his play has tapered off recently. The 2007 first-rounder has yet to break out at the NHL level, and with just four points in 11 games despite nearly 18 minutes of average ice time, he's going to have to get his game together soon.

10/16/2013

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund To Be In Lineup Wednesday

News: Mikael Backlund will be in the lineup Wednesday against Anaheim, the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund had taken a couple maintenance days since Friday's game but appears ready to go. The center is off to a great start so far, with a goal and two assists in five games.

10/12/2013

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Mikael Backlund

Flames' Backlund Misses Saturday Morning Skate

News: Mikael Backlund was not on the ice for the Flames' morning skate Saturday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Mikael Backlund played just over 20 minutes during Friday's game against the Devils and no injury was reported. It could just be a maintenance day for him, but we'll keep you updated.