Regular Season Stats
Don Sweeney’s big splash of the 2016 offseason was signing former St. Louis Blues captain David Backes to a five-year, $30 million deal. Signing a 32-year-old power forward who has played a ton of hard minutes in his career to a five-year might not be the best idea, but there were plenty of times during the season Backes looked worth every penny. Unfortunately, there were also times where is play made you worried about the contract going forward.
When Backes was on top of his game, he was the prototypical power forward by being a beast with and without the puck while providing energy and physicality in both zones. He also provided space for his linemates by throwing his weight around in the offensive end of the ice.
On the flip side, there were times when Backes had trouble finding the scoresheet including just one point during a 12-game stretch in late January and early February. There were other times when being physical was more important to Backes than being in the right spot on the ice and he also had stretches when he was a penalty and turnover machine.
His advanced stats were very good as he finished the regular season with a career-high 56.4 Corsi For % coming with nearly equal offensive and defensive zone starts. He led the team with 226 hits and was second among forwards with 47 blocked shots.
However, you’d probably like more than just 17 goals and 38 points out of a $5 million player. Part of the reason for Backes’ lowest goal total in an 82-game schedule since 2009-10 was because of a career low 9.7 shooting percentage, down about 3% from his career average.
What do you think of David Backes’ 2016-17 performance?