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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Mikael Backlund

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


From May 7 through June 15, philadelphiaflyers.com will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.


Mikael Backlund
2007 Team: Vasteras (SWE DIV 1)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’0’’
Weight: 194
DOB: 3-17-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 18G: 1A: 2PTS: 3PIM: 14

Overview:
A knee injury kept Mikael Backlund sidelined for much of the 2006-07 season, but that didn’t prevent him from being listed second overall on Central Scouting’s final ranking for European skaters.

Backlund is known for being a strong skater, and an excellent showing at the Under-18 Championships helped his stock rise. In six games for the Swedish team, Backlund had six goals and an assist for seven points and six penalty minutes as Sweden took home the bronze. In fact, his six goals made him the leading goal scorer for the entire tournament. Backlund does not shy away from the physical aspect of the game, but his defensive skills and consistency leave room for improvement.

Backlund was named as the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Mac’s Midget Tournament.

The Flyers say...
"Mikael Backlund is a Swede who is a good, solid prospect. He’s got some offense and one of his main strengths is that he is very good on the power play. He has a good stick, is smart, and is good with the puck. I wouldn’t put him in the [Peter] Forsberg category because that’s not fair, but he’s a smart player and is one of the best European prospects in this year’s draft."
- Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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