Mattias Backman (D)
Grand Rapids Griffins
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.