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10-25-2013, 08:13 PM
Kings of the Rebuild
Join Date: Aug 2010
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Backlund is basically our best centre in all areas of the game except finishing. He's kind of our sacrificial lamb in terms of statistics, because he's being given all of the toughest assignments, and up until last game, he was playing with grinders on his wings. On top of that, when he has been given quality wingers, it seems to be to get them going and try to get some chemistry. So in spite of high ice time, he's not being necessarily put in a place to succeed points-wise.
That said, he's being played on the powerplay with Sven and Monahan, and he's working extremely hard and doing all the little things right. He's bound to start breaking out statistically soon.... right?
I think Backlund is currently set to become the Flames' less-physical, higher offensive upside version of a Stephane Yelle.
Nothing bad about that.
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