The Ducks have acquired forward David Backes, defenseman Axel Andersson and Boston’s first-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Bruins for right wing Ondrej Kase.
Backes, 35 (5/1/84), has earned 245-309=554 points with 1,138 penalty minutes (PIM) in 944 career NHL games with Boston (2016-20) and St. Louis (2006-16). Backes has also appeared in 82 career games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 17-22=39 points with 63 PIM with the Blues and Bruins.
Selected by St. Louis in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Backes played his first 10 NHL seasons with the Blues before signing as a free agent with the Bruins July 1, 2016. Backes has scored 20-or-more goals in six of his 14 NHL seasons, including a career-high 31 goals in 2010-11 and 2008-09.
A native of Minneapolis, MN, Backes is a two-time Olympian who won silver with Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The 6-3, 215-pound forward also represented the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Championships, and 2016 World Cup. In 36 career international games with Team USA, Backes has recorded 6-10=16 points with 82 PIM.
Andersson, 20 (2/10/00), has earned 2-20=22 points with a +16 rating in 41 games with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. The 6-0, 180-pound defenseman ranked second among Moncton blueliners in assists and led in power-play assists (8). A native of Jarna, Sweden, Andersson was selected by Boston in the second round (57th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. Andersson has represented Sweden in several international tournaments, including the 2017-18 Under-18 World Junior Championship (bronze) and 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (gold).
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