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Nicklas Backstrom
Nicklas Backstrom
Center  - WSH
Number: 19
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 213
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 23, 1987  (Age 28)
Birthplace: Gävle, Sweden
Drafted: WSH / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (4th overall)
Ranks first on the Capitals franchise assist list (427) and fifth in franchise points (572)
... Has two of the team’s top four single-season assist totals and has registered four of
the nine 60-assist seasons in Capitals franchise history ... Since he entered the NHL in
2007-08, Backstrom ranks third in the League in assists (427), trailing Henrik Sedin (474)
and Joe Thornton (452) ... Leads his draft class (2006) in assists and points ... Registered
472 career points, trailing only Ovechkin (735) and Mike Gartner (653) for scoring by
a Cap in a player’s first eight seasons … One of only 11 players averaging at least a
point per game over the last seven seasons (min. 300 games) ... Earned his 500th NHL
point at EDM (10/22/15), becoming the sixth fastest active player to reach the 500-point
milestone (501 GP) ... Tied Michal Pivonka for first place on the Capitals franchise assist
list vs. BOS (3/15/15), reaching 418 assists in 263 games fewer than Pivonka (825).
2014-15
Ranked first in the NHL in assists (60) and power-play assists (30), tied for third in powerplay
points (33), tied for fourth in primary assists (31) and sixth in points (78) ... Tallied his
60th assist of the season vs. NYR (4/11), marking the second consecutive season and
the fourth time in his career he has registered 60 or more assists in a season ... Earned
two assists vs. BOS (3/15), passing Alex Ovechkin and Michal Pivonka (418) for first
place on the Capitals franchise assist list ... Tallied two assists vs. BUF (3/7) ... Earned
two assists at CBJ (3/3) ... Tallied three points (2g, 1a) vs. WPG (2/19), passing Bengt
Gustafsson (555) and Dale Hunter (556) for fifth place on the Capitals franchise points
list ... Tallied two assists at ANA (2/15) ... Earned two assists at SJ (2/11) ... Earned two
points (1g, 1a) vs. LA (2/3), passing Mike Ridley (547) for seventh place on the Capitals
franchise points list ... Earned two assists vs. STL (2/1) ... Recorded two assists vs. PIT
(1/28), reaching the 50-point mark for the sixth time in his career ... Earned his 400th
NHL/Capitals assist at CBJ (1/27) ... Scored a goal vs. EDM (1/20) ... Tallied two assists
at NSH (1/16) ... Scored a goal at PHI (1/8) ... Earned two points (1g, 1a) at NYI, passing
Mike Gartner (392) for third place on the Capsitals franchise assist list ... Earned four
points (2g, 2a) at NJ (12/20) ... Earned his first career hat trick (3g) vs. TB (12/13) ...
Earned two assists at TB (12/9) ... Tallied an assist vs. VAN (12/2), extending his seasonhigh
point streak to six games (11/20-12/2: 1g, 8a) ... Scored his fourth career OT goal vs.
CAR (11/8) ... Scored a goal and earned an assist vs. CGY (11/2) ... Tallied three assists
in the first period vs. ARI (11/2), marking his 27th career three-assist game and the ninth
time in his career he has tallied three or more assists in one period ... Earned his 500th
NHL point with an assist at EDM (10/22) ... Played in his 500th NHL/Capitals game and
scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout vs. FLA (10/18) ... Registered eight points
(3g, 5a) in 14 playoff games ... Ranked tied for second on the team in playoff assists and
faceoff win percentage (58.5%) and third in playoff points ... Recorded three points (1g,
2a) in Game 2 of the ECQF vs. NYI (4/17), marking his fourth career playoff game with
three or more points, his sixth career multi-assist playoff game and his ninth multi-point
playoff game ... Scored a goal in Game 3 of the ECQF at NYI (4/19) ... Earned two points
(1g, 1a) in Game 4 of the ECQF at NYI (4/21) and scored the game-winning goal 11:09
into overtime, marking his franchise-leading third career playoff OT goal and second
career postseason overtime goal against Jaroslav Halak (4/17/10 vs. MTL) ... Tallied an
assist in Game 1 of the ECSF at NYR (4/30) ... Earned an assist in game 7 of the ECSF
at NYR (5/13).
Career
2013-14: Finished the season ranked third in the NHL in assists (61) and first in power-play
assists (38) and power-play points (44) ... Tallied 61 assists, marking the third time in his
career he has registered 60 or more assists in a season and the eighth time in franchise
history a Capitals player has recorded 60 or more assists in a season ... Ranked first
among Washington skaters in assists and tied for first on the team in points ... Played in
all 82 games with the Capitals, marking the fifth time in his career he has appeared in
every game in a season ... Scored a goal and earned an assist vs. CHI (4/11) ... Scored
two goals at STL (4/8) ... Earned his 60th assist of the season at NJ (4/4) ... Scored a
goal and earned two assists at NSH (3/30) ... Earned two assists at ANA (3/18) ... Earned
an assist and won 13 of 14 faceoffs (92.9%) vs. VAN (3/14) ... Tallied two assists at PHI
(3/5) ... Tallied three points (1g, 2a) at FLA (2/27) ... Recorded two assists vs. NJ (2/8) ...
Tallied two assists vs. DET (2/2) ... Registered four assists at CAR (12/20) ... Earned two
assists and scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout vs. PHI (12/15) ... Scored a
goal and earned an assist at FLA (12/13) ... Tied his career high with five points (1g, 4a)
vs. TB (12/10) ... Registered two assists vs. NSH (12/7) ... Scored a SHG at NYI (11/30)
... Recorded his 24th career three-assist game vs. STL (11/17) ... Earned an assist and
scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout at DET (11/15) ... Recorded three assists
vs. NYI (11/5) ... Scored two goals and earned an assist at PHI (11/1) ... Scored a goal
and earned an assist at EDM (10/24) ... Earned three assists vs. EDM (10/14) ... Scored
a goal and earned an assist vs. CGY (10/3) ... Earned two assists at CHI (10/1). 2012-13:
Finished 1st on WSH in assists; 2nd on WSH in points ... Ranked 3rd in the NHL in
assists; T-13th in NHL in points ... Registered 1g-1a on 4/23 vs. WPG ... Scored a goal
and an assist on 4/20 at MTL ... Tallied 2 assists on 4/9 at MTL ... Recorded 3a on 4/6 at
FLA ... Tallied 4 assists on 4/2 at CAR ... Scored a goal in his 400th NHL game on 3/31 at
PHI ... Scored 1g-1a and SOG on 3/24 at NYR ... Collected a goal and an assist on 3/21
at WPG ... Recorded 2 assists on 3/17 vs. BUF ... Registered an assist on 3/14 at CAR
... Scored a goal on 3/9 at NYI ... Tallied an assist on 3/7 vs. FLA ... Recorded 3 assists
on 3/5 vs. BOS ... Collected an assist on 3/2 at WPG ... Tallied a goal and an assist on
2/26 vs. CAR ... Recorded an assist on 2/23 vs. NJ ... Tallied an assist and won 11 of 16
face-offs on 2/21 vs. NJ ... Recorded an assist on 2/14 at TB ... Registered 2 assists on
2/12 at FLA ... Ranked T-4thon the team with three points during the postseason … Led
the team in faceoff winning percentage (54.5%) during the playoffs. 2011-12: 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, twoassist
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 consecutivegames
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 … 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 backto-
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.
European Career
2012-13: Appeared in 19 games for the Moscow Dynamo of the KHL during the work
stoppage ... Scored 10 goals and earned 15 assists. 2005-06: Named Rookie of the Year
in the Swedish Elite League, a league all-star and the best forward for Brynas.
International Career
Has represented Sweden in seven major international events, participating in three
World Championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two World Junior Championships (2006,
2007), and two Winter Olympic Games (2010, 2014). 2014: Captured a silver medal with
Sweden, registering four assists in five games ... Ranked first among Swedish skaters
in assists and tied for third among Olympic skaters in assists. 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.
NHL Transactions
Selected by Washington in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft.
Personal
Twitter: @Backstrom19 ... 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 ... Lists his favorite TV show as Suits and his favorite movie as Gladiator ...
His favorite place in D.C. is Georgetown ... His favorite athlete is Roger Federer ... His
favorite vacation destination is the Bahamas.