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02-08-2013, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Northern Neighbour View Post
In those three years (not including this year), Backlund has only played 137 games and scored 15 goals. Stajan has played 164 games and scored 17 goals.

Stajan is also in the "peak" of his career. Backlund is starting his career.

Also, Backlund hasn't played 50 games with the top line. He was going to be given that chance a couple of years ago, but got injured. He was then relegated to 3rd-line minutes.

Regardless, both Backlund and Stajan are playing well. Given Backlund's youth and higher skill level, I would like to see him get a chance to play with Cervenka and Hudler. Backlund looked good with them last night, and, like Stajan, he's a sound defensive centre.
He played 33.6% of his 5v5 time last year with Iginla, so he played 183 minutes on the top line last year, and at an average of 14 minutes of 5v5 a night that our top line center averaged last year that is 13 games. The season before he played ~ 25% of his 5v5 time with the top line for 14 games. Over the last 2 years both have played about the same number of games on the top line (around 25 games) and Stajan has averaged .36 ppg and Backlund averaged .32 ppg so I see no argument to Backlund playing with skilled players better

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