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04-18-2007, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by ilikeoatmeal View Post
Backes is a great player and an all-around great guy. I went to high school with him and caught up with him back in January. Real respectable guy, you're lucky to have him on the Blues.
Backes is far from a "great player" at the NHL level. He's going to max out as a competent 2nd liner or a good 3rd liner. He won't be a core top six forward. At least not on a really solid NHL club with depth. He rounds out a top 9 nicely though.

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