CAREER: Spent four seasons (2009-13) in the KHL and MHL, Russia s top junior league...Has 11 points (4-7-11) in 82 career KHL games...Tallied 78 points (18-60-84) in 84 MHL games...Captured the MHL championship in 2011, leading all defensemen in scoring...Teammate of Pavel Datsyuk with CSKA Moscow during NHL lockout in 2012-13.
2014-15: Scored his 1st NHL goal on 2/28 at NSH...Recorded his 1st NHL point with an assist on 2/21 at DAL...Has tallied 20 points (3-17-20) in 51 games with the Griffins...Ranked T3rd on Grand Rapids and was T10th in the AHL with a plus-22 rating at the time of his recall.
2013-14: Notched a plus-2 rating and 2 PIM in his NHL debut on 1/4/14 at Dallas...Recorded 18 points (3-15-18) in 49 games with Grand Rapids...Suffered an ankle injury with Griffins on 2/23/14 vs. Milwaukee and missed remainder of season.
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