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01-08-2013, 12:48 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
I wouldn't be opposed to starting Backlund in the top 6 in a center role. He has proven to be able to hang around with the best competition, he just needs to find his offensive flare which I think is very possible if you factor in our forward depth and his season in Sweden.
Also for Backlund I was looking at flames centers faceoff statistics and I noticed he isn't actually that bad on the draw.
Looking at his last 3 seasons (FOW/FOT)
2009-2010: 102/191 (53.4%)
2010-2011: 319/664 (48.0)
2011-2012: 225/496 (45.4%)
Total: 646/1344 (48.06%)
Looks like he's been getting a little worse each year but he is usually close to 50% which is good considering he is usually playing against other teams top lines. His poor faceoff percentage the past year can possibly be accredited to his hand injury. I see him winning around 47-50% this year which I would be very comfortable with.
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