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David Backes
NUMBER: 42 BIRTHDATE: May 1, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 221 DRAFTED: STL / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 2nd   (62nd overall)
Regular Season Career as a Blue: 615GP, 176-216-392, 824 PIM 2014-15 Season Stats: Home: 24GP, 8-13-21 Road: 23GP, 9-5-14 Trend: Riding a career-best 9-gm point streak (8-8-16) including multiple points in 5 of those games Quick Hits -Shares 6th overall with 9 PPG this season -Posted his 2nd career 4-goal game and 3rd career hat trick Jan. 6 in ARI...Joins Brett Hull as the only Blues with two 4-goal games in club history -Named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Jan. 11 -Became the 10th player in Blues history to appear in 600 games with the franchise on Dec. 20 at SJS -In 2013-14, ranked 3rd overall with 273 hits...it was the 6th time he has reached 200 hits in a single-season -Since entering the League (2006-07), he is 1 of 3 players with at least 1,700 hits and 300 points (Dustin Brown, Alex Ovechkin)
USHL First All-Star Team (2003) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2004) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2006) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2006) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011)
Quote of the Day

You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals