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Backlund makes debut

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames
Mikael Backlund made his debut as a Flame at Thursday's game against the New York Islanders.

He flew in from Ottawa shortly after winning the silver medal with Team Sweden at the IIHF World
Junior Championships on Monday.

Backlund was notified by General Manager Darryl Sutter earlier in the day that he would be suiting up for the game.

The 19-year-old Vasteras, Sweden native played on the third line with David Moss and Curtis Glencross.

He played a total of 10:44 minutes and recorded one shot on goal.

"I felt really good, I was happy to play" Backlund said. "I know I can do better—it takes some time to get used to playing here...It's more intense (playing in the NHL) and the guys are bigger and stronger here, you have to be quicker and stronger."

"Hopefully I will have some more games," he added. "I want to stay here as long as they want to have me—I would like to go to Kelowna too, but here is great."

Backlund was drafted as Calgary's first choice, 24th overall in 2007.
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