Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hey All-Star captains: Watch your Backes!

Former Maverick David Backes issued a little warning to this weekend's NHL All-Star captains

"I've already mentioned if I'm picked last there's going to be quite a few body checks thrown," he said. "So that's just a forewarning to anyone picking teams."

Backes, who will be playing in the All-Star Game for the first time, is having a little fun. This year's format has the two captains, the Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom and the Hurricanes' Eric Staal, choosing teams -- a la a playground pickup game -- from the pool of All-Stars. Somebody will get chosen last. 

Backes leads the Blues with 16 goals and 37 points this season.

UPDATE: The Sporting News did a mock draft and had Backes going in the ninth round, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did a feature on Backes.

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