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David Backes
NUMBER: 42 BIRTHDATE: May 1, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 221 DRAFTED: STL / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 2nd   (62nd overall)
Backes led his team with 28 shots and added a goal and four assists at the 2009 World Championships to be named one of the three best U.S. players for the tournament.

He has represented the United States at the last three World Championships (2007, 2008, 2009), recording two goals, seven assists and 74 penalty minutes.

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It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.

— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process