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Mikael Backlund  #11

NUMBER: 11 BIRTHDATE: March 17, 1989  (AGE 25)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vasteras, Sweden
WEIGHT: 198 DRAFTED: CGY / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (24th overall)

2013-14 HIGHLIGHTS:

picked up assists in his first two games Oct.3 & 4 ... scored his first goal of the season on Oct.6 and had points in the first three games (1+2) ... had a pair of assists on Nov. 8 ... scored the gwg on Dec.4 ... played in his 200th game on Dec.12 ... had his second multi-assist game of the season with a pair on Dec.23 ... scored power play goals in back-to-back games Jan.11 & 13 ... had a three game goals streak Jan.11-14 ... played a career high 27:07 on Jan.18 ... scored a goal and added an assist, his third multi-point game on Jan.24 ... scored a pair of goals on Jan.28 ... had a pair of assists on Jan.30 ... scored a short-handed goal and the overtime winner on Feb.1 and had two points in four straight games ... had a goal and an assist for his fifth multi-point game in the last six games on Feb.6 ... tied a career high with 2+1 on Mar.12 ...had his 6th two point game since Jan.24 on Mar.21 ... missed five games Apr.4-13 with an upper body injury

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