After ten years with St. Louis Blues, unrestricted free agent David Backes looks to bring his scoring touch and veteran experience to the Boston Bruins.
David Backes at his best
Backes was a top line center for the Blues and will be a first or second line right-winger for the Bruins this upcoming season. He was a consistent scorer and point getter for the Blues and will continue to be reliable to score in the double figures. Backes is moving to a physical team where he’s going to have to re-adjust his game to fit a more physical game plan, by which he’ll need to become a more defensive forward. Backes had a plus-five rating last season.
David Backes’ influence
Last season the American forward scored 21 goals and had 45 points in 79 games. Backes and the Blues knocked off the then defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2016 playoffs, where they then ultimately lost in the Western Conference Finals to the San Jose Sharks. In those 20 playoff games, Backes had seven goals and 14 points.
In his career, he has 206 goals and 460 points in 727 games. Backes is a consistent scorer who will be expected to be productive because he is joining a team that has lost or traded some of their scorers.
Onwards for David Backes
David Backes is set to make an average of $6 million a year through to the 2020-2021 season. The new Bruin has played in over 700 games with one team, who have been at the bottom and have risen to becoming on of the top teams in the Western Conference. Backes’ skill and ability to score can help the Bruins make the playoffs after missing the post-season last time round.