Fantasy: Consider Backes in Your Draft

NHL.com picks David Backes as a great fit for your fantasy team

Tuesday, 08.14.2012 / 8:05 AM CT / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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Fantasy: Consider Backes in Your Draft
David Backes is a good option for your fantasy hockey team if you\'re looking for players who compile points and penalty minutes.


A new season is just around the corner.

And that means it's about time for you to consider who to draft on your Fantasy Hockey Team.

A recent article on NHL.com listed the top 15 fantasy assets in terms of points and penalty minutes, and Blues captain David Backes received high praise in that list.

Here's what NHL.com had to say about Backes' fantasy relevance:

"Goaltending may have been the fabric of the Blues' resurgence last season, but Backes' well-rounded play was just as responsible. Backes isn't a goal-scoring phenom, but his 54 points, 101 PIM and 234 shots made him a complete fantasy package. As long as his linemates (T.J. Oshie, David Perron) stay healthy, he's in great position to match his previous career-high in points (62 in '10-11) while hitting the century mark again in PIM."

According to Pete Jensen of NHL.com, while it's critical to have elite point production threats like Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin or Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, most down-to-the-wire fantasy matchups are decided by other miscellaneous categories such as shots on goal, plus-minus and penalty minutes.

For his career, Backes has played in 446 games, posting 272 points, 601 penalty minutes and a plus-35 rating.

Other players making the list include Pittsburgh's James Neal, Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell, Anaheim's Corey Perry and Boston's Zdeno Chara.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
2 ANA 75 46 22 7 219 211 99
3 NSH 74 45 21 8 211 178 98
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 74 38 24 12 207 195 88
8 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
9 LAK 73 36 23 14 196 182 86
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 73 35 30 8 201 206 78
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 74 22 44 8 154 246 52

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 74 35 35 29 70
A. Steen 72 24 38 6 62
J. Schwartz 67 24 31 16 55
D. Backes 73 25 29 7 54
T. Oshie 66 19 32 13 51
P. Stastny 66 14 29 6 43
A. Pietrangelo 74 6 35 -2 41
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
J. Lehtera 67 11 28 19 39
P. Berglund 69 8 12 -6 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 24 12 3 .921 2.16
J. Allen 19 6 4 .906 2.45

 
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