Flames sign Mikael Backlund

Thursday, 05.07.2012 / 4:22 PM / News
calgaryflames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Mikael Backlund.

“Mikael has an opportunity to step-up and attempt to secure a top two-line center position with our club,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He is a very talented player who skates well, has excellent vision and possesses a strong skill set. As we have discussed with him, Mikael needs to work on his consistency and his focus in order to break through in a top six role and start to define his role on our team. We are excited about the level of competition that should exist in camp this fall and we expect Mikael to be in the thick of those battles.”

Backlund, a native of Vasteras, Sweden, was the Flames’ first round pick (24th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft. Last season he scored four goals and added seven assists for 11 points and 16 penalty minutes in 41 games with an injury shortened season. In 138 career games, Backlund has netted 15 goals and 31 assists for 46 points in 138 games.

Contract terms: One year contract with an AAV of $725,000

MIKAEL BACKLUND – CENTER

BORN: Vasteras, SWE DATE: March 17, 1989

HEIGHT: 6’0’’ WEIGHT: 198 lbs.

SHOOTS: Left

DRAFTED: 1st round (24th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft

 Season
 Team
 LEAGUe
GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
 2005-06
 Vasteras IK
 Swe-1
12 2 2 4 14 2 -- -- -- -- --
 2006-07
 Vasteras IK
 Swe-1
18 1 2 3 14 1 -- -- -- -- --
 2007-08
 Vasteras IK
 Swe-1
37 9 4 13 24 -1 -- -- -- -- --
 2008-09
 Vasteras IK
 Swe-1
17 4 4 8 39 -3 -- -- -- -- --
 2008-09
 Calgary Flames
 NHL
1 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
 2008-09
 Kelowna Rockets
 WHL
28 12 18 30 26 10 19 13 10 23 26
 2009-10
 Abbotsford Heat
 AHL
54 15 17 32 26 0 13 1 8 9 14
 2009-10
 Calgary Flames
 NHL
23 1 9 10 6 5 -- -- -- -- --
 2010-11
 Calgary Flames
 NHL
73 10 15 25 18 4 -- -- -- -- --
 2010-11
 Abbotsford Heat
 AHL
1 0 0 0 0 -1 -- -- -- -- --
 2011-12
 Calgary Flames
 NHL
41 4 7 11 16 -13 -- -- -- -- --
 TOTALS
 NHL
138 15 31 46 40 -5 -- -- -- -- --
 AHL
55 15 17 32 26 -1 13 1 8 9 14
 WHL
28 12 18 30 26 10 19 13 10 23 26