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#5 Mattias Backman, D

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Position: D
Date of Birth: 10/03/1992
Height: 6' 3"   Weight: 176 lbs
Shoots: L
Birthplace: Linkoping, Sweden
Drafted: Detroit's 5th choice, 146th overall, in 2011 NHL Entry Draft




 

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Biography

Second season as a Griffin…Sixth year pro…Reassigned from Linkopings (Sweden) by Detroit, 4/15/14…Assigned by Detroit, 10/2/14.

2013-14
: Logged 54 regular season games with Linkopings, recording 21 points (6-15—21) and 16 penalty minutes…Ranked among team leaders with 21 points (T6th), 15 assists (6th) and a plus-25 rating (1st)…Posted the best plus/minus rating in the SHL…Notched seven assists in 13 playoff games with Linkopings…Appeared in two late-season games with Grand Rapids, making his North American debut on 4/18/14 vs. LE…Skated in 10 playoff contests with the Griffins and posted six points (1-5—6) and two PIM…Tied for fourth on the team in playoff scoring and ranked first among team blueliners…Scored the game-tying goal, his first AHL point, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals to force an eventual 2-1 triple overtime victory, 4/25/14 at ABB…Recorded his first AHL assist, 4/26/14 at ABB…Picked up two assists in the WCQ series-clinching game, 5/2/14 vs. ABB....Enjoyed his second two-assist playoff performance, 5/16/14 vs. TEX. 2012-13: Earned a career-best 26 points (2-24—26) in 52 games during his first full season with Linkopings…Ranked fifth on the team in scoring, while ranking fourth in assists and fifth in PIM (34)…Picked up two goals and four assists in 10 playoff games. 2011-12: Produced one goal and seven assists (1-7—8) in 42 games with Linkopings…Appeared in six regular season games with Linkopings J20 of the SuperElit, notching a goal and assist…Won a gold medal with Linkopings J20 and played in all six of the team’s playoff games…Tied for second among team leaders in scoring with eight points (2-6—8)…Skated with the Sweden U20 squad at the U20 World Junior Championships…Chipped in nine assists in 14 games to help Team Sweden to a gold medal. 2010-11: Logged 27 games with Linkopings J20 of the SuperElit league and picked up 20 points (2-18—20) and 34 PIM…Ranked second among team defensemen and ninth overall in scoring…Led team blueliners in assists (18)…Notched two assists and two PIM in three playoff games…Went scoreless in six games with Linkopings...Loaned to Mjölby HC for two games and accumulated three points (1-2—3). 2009-10: Played in 33 games for Linkopings J20 and chipped in four goals and five assists…Earned one goal and 10 PIM in six playoff appearances…Appeared in two Allsvenskan games with Linkopings J18, contributing two goals and an assist…Made his SHL debut with Linkopings and skated in five total games. 2008-09: Scored six points (3-3—6) in 16 games with Linkopings J18 before his team qualified for the J18 Allsvenskan…Picked up two goals and five assists in 14 games in the Allsvenskan and skated in one playoff contest…Made two appearances with Linkopings J20, logging two PIM. 2007-08: Notched two assists and 14 PIM in 21 games with Linkopings J18.

Personal: Lives in Linkoping, Sweden…Has one sister…Greatest hockey memory is winning a gold medal at the U20 World Juniors…Began playing hockey at the age of seven as a defenseman…Hockey nickname is Backs…Most exciting place he’s visited is New York City…If he could trade occupations for a day, he would be a soccer player…Also speaks Swedish…Also played soccer growing up…Favorite food is anything Swedish…Favorite music artists are Coldplay and John Mayer…Favorite vacation spots are Greece, Spain and France…Enjoys watching soccer…Enjoys soccer, tennis and video games.

AHL CAREER HIGHS
Games Played: 2, 2013-14 Assist Streak: n/a
Goals: n/a Point Streak: n/a
Assists: n/a Goals, Game: n/a
Points: n/a Assists, Game: n/a
PIM: n/a Points, Game: n/a
Goal Streak: n/a PIM, Game: n/a
FIRSTS
AHL Game: 4/18/14 GR vs. LE NHL Game: n/a
AHL Point: 4/25/14 GR at ABB (goal, playoffs) NHL Point: n/a
AHL Goal: 4/25/14 GR at ABB (Joni Ortio, playoffs) NHL Goal: n/a
 

Career Stats

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Linkopings J18 J18 Elit 21 0 2 2 14 -- --  --  --  --
2008-09 Linkopings J18 J18 Elit  16  3  3  6  4  --  --  --  --  --
  Linkopings J18 J18 Allsvenskan  14  2  5  7  12  1  0  1  1  0
  Linkopings J20 SuperElit  2  0  0  0  2  --  --  --  --  --
2009-10 Linkopings J18 J18 Allsvenskan  2  2  1  3  4  3  0  0  0  2
  Linkopings J20 SuperElit  33  4 5  9  38  6  1  0  1  10
  Linkopings SHL  5 0  0  0  2  --  --  --  --  --
2010-11 Linkopings J20 SuperElit 27  2  18 20  34  3  0  2  2  4
  Linkopings SHL  6  0  0  0  4  -- --  --  --  --
  Mjolby HC Division 1  2  1  2  3  2  --  --  --  --  --
2011-12 Linkopings J20 SuperElit 6 1 1 2 0 6 2 6 8 4
  Linkopings SHL  42  1  7  8  14  --  --  --  --  --
2012-13 Linkopings SHL 52 2 24 26 34 10 2 4 6 4
2013-14 Linkopings SHL  54  6  15  21  16  13  0  7  7  6
  Grand Rapids AHL 2 0 0 0 0 10 1 5 6 2
  GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS 2 0 0 0 0 10 1 5 6 2
  PRO TOTALS 163 10 48 58
72 33 3 16 19 12
 

 

 
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17 Colin Campbell RW
19 Tomas Nosek C
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