Mikael Backlund Hits 300 Games

Perhaps lost in the hubbub and bally-hoo of the Calgary Flames’ big win last night in Vancouver is a pretty significant milestone for Mikael Backlund – especially compared to many of Calgary’s other first-round picks.

The 2007 first round selection of the Flames played his 300th NHL game in Saturday night’s game. Hitting the 300-game mark adds Backlund to a club of just nine former Flames first rounders to play that many games with the franchise. Dion Phaneuf (2003’s first rounder) was the last player to join the club.

The full list of the Top 20 First Rounders by games played in a Flames uniform after the jump.

Top 20 First Rounders (By Flames GP)

*-Active

Player Draft Flames
GP
NHL
GP
Al MacInnis 1981 803 1416
Gary Roberts 1982 585 1224
Paul Reinhart 1979 517 648
Tom Lysiak 1973 445 919
Cory Stillman 1992 393 1025
Denis Gauthier 1995 384 554
Dion Phaneuf 2003 378 753*
Derek Morris 1996 343 1107
Mikael Backlund 2007 300* 300*
Dave Shand 1976 288 421
Brad Marsh 1978 257 1086
Dan Quinn 1983 222 805
Jacques Richard 1972 215 556
Chuck Kobasew 2001 210 601
Richard Mulhern 1975 207 303
Eric Nystrom 2002 204 549
Oleg Saprykin 1999 187 325
Sean Monahan 2013 158* 158*
Harold Philipoff 1976 118 141
Chris Dingman 1994 72 385