Nicklas Backstrom BIO:
Recorded 266 career assists, the most by a Capital in his first five seasons, and 367 points, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (529) and Mike Gartner (403) for scoring by a Cap in a player’s first five seasons. Ranks 21st in NHL history in assists in a player’s first five years. Ranks sixth in the league in assists over the last five years (trailing Henrik Sedin, Joe Thornton, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Getzlaf and Evgeni Malkin). One of only 15 players averaging at least a point per game over the last five seasons (min. 15 games). The topscoring player from his draft class (2006). Already ranks 17th in career scoring for the Capitals and has two of the team’s top four single-season assist totals.
Finished 5th on the team in points (44) despite missing 40 games (1/7-3/29) due to injury. Collected 16 multiple-point games. Scored a goal and added an assist on 4/7 at NYR. Tallied 3 assists on 1/3 vs. CGY. 13th multi-point game on 12/20 vs. NSH (1g-1a). Collected a goal and an assist on 12/7 at OTT. Recorded a goal and an assist on 11/21 vs. PHX...Was named NHL’s Third Star of the week for week ending Nov. 6. Recorded his 8th multi-point game of the season (4th in a row) with 2 assists on 11/5 at NYI. Had a goal and an assist on 11/4 at CAR. Scored the GTG and the GWG on 11/1 vs. ANA. Recorded his 5th multiple-point game of the season with 2 assists on 10/29 at VAN. Collected a goal and an assist on 10/22 vs. DET. Registered his 3rd multiple-point game of the season with 2 assists on 10/20 at PHI. Ranked 2nd on WSH in playoff scoring and 1st in assists and penalty minutes. Led all WSH forwards in ice time per game (21:31) and all Capitals in takeaways during the postseason (19). Scored the GWG in double overtime of Game 2 of the ECQF on 4/14 at BOS. Had two, two-assist games during the playoffs.
2010-11: Collected 19 multiple-point games. Second on the team in points (65) and assists (47) and fourth in goals (18). One of just six active players to record at least 40 assists in each of his first four NHL seasons. Led the team and ranked sixth in the league in takewayas (73). Had his 313 consecutive-games streak snapped on 3/9 vs. EDM; was the third-longest streak in franchise history. Registered 10 points (2g-8a) in six games against TB. Tied for first on the team in plus/minus at +24. Recorded his 300th career point (an assist) on 1/18 at PHI. Had four games where he scored two goals. Recorded 14 of his 18 goals and 33 of his 65 points on the road. Had a five-game point streak (1g-6a) from 1/14-24. Recorded three four-point games 10/30 at CGY (1g-3a), 11/11 vs. TB (4a) and 2/4 at TB (2g-2a). Had a single-game career high seven shots on goal on 3/26 at MTL. Finished the playoffs second among forwards in ice time per game (23:18). Led the team with six postseason takeaways.
2009-10: The only Capitals player to compete in every game. Second on the team in scoring and set career highs in points (101), goals (33) and assists (68). Third in the NHL with 68 assists and fourth with 101 points. Became the fourth Capital to reach the 100-point milestone in a season, joining Alex Ovechkin (four times), Mike Gartner and Dennis Maruk (one each). He and Ovechkin became the first Capitals teammates to record 100-plus points in the same season. First Washington center in 20 years to record 30 goals (Mike Ridley, 1989-90). Second Capital ever with 30 goals and 60 assists in the same season (Dennis Maruk had 60g-70a in 1981-82). Led the NHL with 48 points (15g-33a) on the road. His 68 assists place him third in team history for a single season. Ranked fourth in the NHL with 26 power-play assists and tied for third with 37 power-play points. Led the team with 12 game-winning assists. Third on the team with 11 PPG and fourth on the team and in the NHL with a +37 rating. Assisted on Ovechkin’s 50th goal to earn his 100th point 4/9 vs.ATL. The two became the eighth teammates all-time to hit 50 goals and 100 points in the same game, the first since Craig Simpson and Mark Messier in 1988. Named NHL First Star of the Week for the week ending 12/6 after recording nine points (4g-5a). Was named NHL Third Star of the Week once in January, February and April. Ranked second on the team with nine points (5g-4a) in seven playoff games. Had his first hat trick as a professional and added an assist in Game 2 of the ECQF vs. MTL (4/17). He and MTL’s Andrei Kostitsyn became the fifth pair of playoff opponents to both record hat tricks in the same game. Had a three-point night (1g-2a) and was +4 in Game 4 at MTL (4/21).
2008-09: Paced NHL sophomores and tied for ninth in the NHL with 88 points. One of only two Capitals (with Brooks Laich) to play in every game; has never missed an NHL game in his career. Second on the team in scoring and registered career highs in points (88), goals(22) and assists (66). His 88 points were the most by a Capital other than Alex Ovechkin in 20 years (Mike Ridley had 91 in 1988-89). Tied for third in the NHL with 66 assists. His 66 assists ranked third in team history for a single season. Tied for fourth in the NHL with 28 power-play assists and tied for second with 24 divisional assists (Ovechkin was first with 26). Third on the team with 14 PPGs and a +16 rating. Led the team and fifth in the league with 77 takeaways. Third on the team with 21 multiple-point games and first with 15 multiple-assist games. Named to the NHL YoungStars Game but did not participate. Recorded a single-game career high five points (1g-4a) at NJ (11/15), with a hand in every Caps goal. Named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending 11/16 (2g-9a,+10). His 12 assists in 14 playoff games led the Caps, while his 15 points ranked second on the team behind Ovechkin. Led the NHL with seven assists in the first round of the playoffs. Finished with the second-best assist total in Caps playoff history, one shy of Andrei Nikolishin’s single-season record (13, 1998). Had a point in all seven Capitals wins in the playoffs. Tallied eight points (3g-5a) vs. PIT in the ECSF. Scored goals in Games 3, 4 and 5 vs. PIT (3g-1a; 5/6—5/9).
2007-08: Runner-up for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year. Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and played in the NHL YoungStars Game. One of four Capitals to play in every game. Paced NHL rookies in assists (55) and finished second in points (69); finished 11th in the NHL in assists.His 55 assists set a Capitals rookie record; he is the second most prolific rookie scorer in Capitals history. Tied for third among rookies with a +13 rating and had the highest rating among the top 15 rookie scorers. Led the Capitals and all NHL rookies with 72 takeaways; tied for sixth in the league. The only rookie with at least 45 points to have a plus-rating in both home and road games. Tied for first among rookies in power-play assists (22) and ranked third in rookie power-play points (25). Tied for second among rookies with four GWGs (11/8 at OTT; 11/23 at PHI; 3/5 at BUF and 3/25 at ATL. Notched his first NHL point, an assist, in his first game, 10/5 at ATL. Scored his first NHL goal 11/8 at OTT. Posted his first multiple-point game (1g-2a) on his 20th birthday and Bruce Boudreau’s NHL coaching debut, 11/23 at PHI. Became the first rookie in NHL history to post back-to-back four-assist games (1/19 vs. FLA and 1/21 at PIT); had his third four-point game (1g-3a) vs.TOR (3/3). Shared the team lead in playoff goals (4) and was tied for second in the NHL in first-round goals. Led all NHL rookies in first-round goals and shared the lead among rookies in points. Ranked tied for fourth on the team with six points in seven playoff games. Finished a team-best +3 in the playoffs. Had an assist in his first career playoff game, 4/11 vs. PHI. Scored goals in four straight games to close out the ECQF series vs. PHI, notching the Capitals’ first goal in each of those games.
2005-06: Named Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Elite League, a league all-star and the best forward for Brynas.
Has represented Sweden in six international competitions, participating in the World Junior Championship twice, the World Championship three times and the 2010 Olympic team. 2006: Posted seven points (4g-3a) in six games in the World Junior Championship, leading the Swedes in goals and ranking second in points Named Sweden’s best forward in the tournament. Finished tied for fifth in the tournament in points and tied for third in goals. Made his debut at the World Championship, playing in four games and helping Sweden win the gold medal.
Selected by Washington in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Son of Anders and Christine Backstrom. Anders played professionally in Sweden and was a draft pick of the NYR (10th round, 203rd overall, in 1980). Brother, Kristoffer, is a defenseman playing in Sweden. Enjoys golf and tennis. First job was as a carpenter. Was on the cover of the Swedish edition of EA Sports’ NHL10 video game. Threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals-Baltimore Orioles game May 21, 2007, at RFK Stadium, the first baseball game he ever attended.