Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mikael Backlund
Mikael Backlund was born on March 17, 1989 in Vasteras, Sweden and was a first round draft pick, 24th overall, of the Calgary Flames in 2007. Backlund split much of his junior career between the J20 SuperElit and HockeyAllsvenskan in his native Sweden prior to the 2009 World Junior Championships.

After an impressive World Juniors, Backlund was summoned by the Calgary Flames, where he would appear in his first NHL game, but was quickly assigned to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. Backlund quickly adjusted to life in the WHL, averaging more than a point a game and being named CHL Player of the Week during the WHL playoffs.

During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season Backlund would appear in 32 games for the Flames and would continue to grow offensively, tallying eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. The following season he would appear in 76 games for the Flames, recording 18 goals and 21 assists.

On the International stage, Backlund represented Sweden at the World Championship in 2010 and 2011, bringing home bronze and silver medals respectively.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2004-05 Vasteras IK Ungdom U18 Swe-U18 14 5 6 11 14 4 2 1 3 2
2005-06 VIK Vasteras HK Jr. Swe-Jr. 25 15 16 31 30
2005-06 VIK Vasteras HK Sweden-2 12 2 2 4 14 +2
2006-07 VIK Vasteras HK U18 Swe-U18 2 2 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 10
2006-07 VIK Vasteras HK Jr. Swe-Jr. 7 5 4 9 8 5 1 0 1 4
2006-07 VIK Vasteras HK Sweden-2 18 1 2 3 14
2006-07 Sweden WJ18-A 6 6 1 7 6
2007-08 VIK Vasteras HK Jr. Swe-Jr. 9 7 6 13 20
2007-08 VIK Vasteras HK Sweden-2 46 11 4 15 28 5 4 3 7 0
2007-08 Sweden WJC-A 6 3 4 7 10
2008-09 VIK Vasteras HK Jr. Swe-Jr. 2 3 2 5 0
2008-09 VIK Vasteras HK Sweden-2 17 4 4 8 39
2008-09 Sweden WJC-A 6 5 2 7 6
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
2008-09 Kelowna Rockets M-Cup 4 0 4 4 2
2009-10 Calgary Flames NHL 23 1 9 10 6 +5
2009-10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 54 15 17 32 26 0 13 1 8 9 14
2009-10 Sweden WC-A 6 0 1 1 2 +3
2010-11 Calgary Flames NHL 73 10 15 25 18 +4
2010-11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2010-11 Sweden WC-A 9 3 2 5 2 +4
2011-12 Calgary Flames NHL 41 4 7 11 16 -13
2012-13 VIK Vasteras HK Sweden-2 23 12 18 30 22
2012-13 Calgary Flames NHL 32 8 8 16 29 -6
2013-14 Calgary Flames NHL 76 18 21 39 32 +4
2013-14 Sweden WC-A 10 5 3 8 29 +3
NHL Totals 246 41 60 101 101


Signed as a free agent by Vasteras (Sweden-2), October 4, 2012.