GAME HIGHS: Goals: 3 / Assists: 2 / Points: 3 ... HAT TRICKS: 1 / MULTI-PT GAMES: 21
CAREER: In the 3rd season of a 4-year contract...2008 Stanley Cup champion...2007 WJC gold medalist with Canada...2007 WHL champion...2007 CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team...2006 WHL First All-Star Team.
2014-15: Notched a two-goal game on 12/4 vs. DAL and 12/31 vs. NJ...Had a 3-game assist streak, 11/24-28...Matched a career best with two assists, 11/26 vs. PHI...Scored 1st goal of the season on 11/9 vs. TB...Had a season-best 3-game point streak from 12/4-12/7...Played 300th NHL game on 10/29 at WSH.
OTHER: Recorded 167 points (76-91-167) in 201 WHL games with the Medicine Hat Tigers from 2004-07...Played more NHL playoff games (41) than regular season games (23) in his first 2 professional seasons.
WHL East First All-Star Team (2006) WHL East Second All-Star Team (2007) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2007)
Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring back injury.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3