Backes Tallies 100th Career Goal
We already discussed some of the positives following the Blues 3-2 loss to Calgary last night. One major bright spot that deserves its own article is the fact David Backes notched the 100th goal of his career last night. It's been a pretty interesting career for Backes so far and things only seem to be improving. The 2010-11 season is the forwards fifth major season, and his goal last night was the 100th in his career. As of the date of this article, Backes has some pretty impressive ratios through 360 career games: 100 goals, 115 assist, 215 points with a +16 and 500 penalty minutes. It isn't too often you come across a player such as Backes - one that not only is gifted offensively, but also doesn't shy away from dropping the gloves on a fairly regular basis. His ability to contribute to multiple categories has made him a prized possession in fantasy hockey and a prized possession of the St. Louis Blues. This season, Backes is set to lead the Blues in both goals scored and in total points. Currently, he leads in assists as well but it is a tight race with fellow teammates Alex Steen, Alex Pietrangelo, Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald. Chalk this up as a major bounce back season for Backes following a 2009-10 season that was rather disappointing (17 goals, 31 assists for 48 points). This is a point which might be mostly overlooked, as Backes has been through adversity and climbed over it as evidenced by the 2010-11 campaign. You can dive into the numbers, the statistics and totals, but it really is the intangibles that make Backes a great player - the numbers are just catching up. His 100th career goal might bring more attention his way from outside of St. Louis, but to truly appreciate the work Backes puts in, you should watch a couple full games rather than just highlights. Backes leads by example. He goes to the dirty areas of the ice and has no fear throwing his body around. Quite often, his physical play helps create scoring chances in the first place, by disrupting the other team's flow of play. If he needs to stand up for his teammates, he will. If he needs to scrap, he will - and boy has he, just ask Team Canada. Backes leads the Blues in plenty of offensive categories, but it is his overall play through the intangibles that will likely result in him leading the Blues as the team's captain in the not too distant future.