Mikael Backlund

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 199
Birth Place: Vasteras, Sweden
Draft: 2007 1st round (24th pick) by the
Shoots: L
  • Ducks' injuries complicate planning for next season
    Los Angeles Times

    Ducks' injuries complicate planning for next season

    The reverberations from the Ducks’ playoff elimination were felt deeply Thursday, enough to have an impact on their off-season strategy and next season. Defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen are expected to have shoulder surgery to repair torn la-brums, general manager Bob Murray said. Lindholm will need four to five months of recovery and Vatanen “is worse,” Murray said. Vatanen and Lindholm were injured in the first-round series against the Calgary Flames. Both played through the second and third rounds. “Tough kids,” Murray said. Their recoveries will cut into next season and will make Murray’s job more difficult. The Ducks’ supply of young defensemen is a big bargaining chip, but they

  • Broad Street Hockey

    Why I'm a Flyers Fan: Iron Mike's Boys and My Dad

    My earliest sports memories date back to when I was 6-years-old in 1983 (yes, I am 40 and no, turning 40 is not scary). I remember going to my first Phillies game in 1983 at Veterans Stadium against the San Diego Padres back when they wore those cool brown and yellow uniforms. I also remember later that year when the Orioles beat the Phillies that year in the World Series. Sure I was disappointed but I got over it quickly. I liked baseball a lot. It was my favorite sport. A little over a year later that all changed… In the fall of 1984 I started playing street hockey with some of my friends in the neighborhood. It was always a lot of fun! It was so much fun that I decided I’d actually watch our