Here is the official release from the Flames:
General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that forward Mikael Backlund has been assigned to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.
Backlund played one game with the Calgary Flames after joining the club at the conclusion of winning a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The Rockets were do for some good news. Losing Luke Schenn this fall to the Leafs as an 18 year-old was a huge kick to the stomach for this franchise. The loss of Schenn came after the Rockets lost two quality defenseman two seasons ago when both Alex Edler and Kyle Cumiskey failed to return for their 20 year-old seasons. The end result had the Rockets missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. But it hasn't been all doom and gloom in Rocketville. Just look at signing Shane McColgan to a players contract, or how about persuading Duncan Keith or Chuck Kobasew to leave U.S College hockey for a quicker path to the NHL by playing for the Rockets? Even listing Jamie Benn a few years back was an astute move by the Rockets, and then persuading him to join the team last season as an 18 year-old rookie. If things come in 3's, then the Rockets were do for some positive results after losing three quality players in Schenn, Edler and Cumiskey prematurely to pro hockey. Now with McColgan and Backlund as a sign of the tide turning in the Rockets favour, could the signing of prospect Luke Moffatt complete the cycle?.