Has 121 career assists, the most by a Capital in his first two seasons (21 more than Alex Ovechkin’s 100) … Tied for sixth in the NHL in assists over the last two seasons, trailing only Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Thornton, Marc Savard and Ryan Getzlaf … His 121 career assists tie him with fellow Swede Peter Forsberg for eighth all-time in NHL history for a player in his first two seasons; he is also tied with Forsberg for second most all-time by a Swede (Kent Nilsson, 135).
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 … His 22 goals were 57% more than his rookie 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 … Averaged 19:56 TOI, second among Caps forwards … Third on the team with 21 multiple-point games and first with 15 multiple-assist games … Team was 14-6-1 when he scored a goal and 39-13-4 when he had a point … Eleven of his 22 goals came in the first period … Named to the NHL YoungStars Game but did not participate … Had only four points in his first 12 games this season, but recorded 84 points in the final 70 games … 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) … Won 52.7% of his faceoffs after the NHL All-Star Game… Notched a 10-game point streak (4g-9a) from 2/11—3/1 … Scored two goals 3/27 vs. TB … 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 … Two of his goals were PPGs… Recorded a nine-game point streak (3g-8a from 4/24—5/11) … Notched three assists on 4/20 at NYR in Game 3 of the ECQF … 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).
Runner-up for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year … Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team … 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 … Had 60 points (13g-47a) after Thanksgiving, 30% more than any other rookie; was +18 in that time and had three four-point games … Finished +19 outside the Southeast Division, which led all rookies against non-divisional opponents … 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) … Team was 11-2-0 when he scored a goal and 30-10-4 when he had a point … 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) … In the final 18 games of the season he had 18 points (5g-13a) and was +16 … Scored two goals within 32 seconds – the fastest two goals by a Cap all year – to lead Washington to a dramatic third-period comeback 3/21 at ATL … 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 … Three of his four goals came in the first period ... Represented Sweden in the World Championship.
2006-07: Played 45 games for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League … Led the team in points (40) and assists (28) … Finished 15th in the league in assists and 22nd in scoring despite playing fewer games than all but two of the players who finished with more points … Played in seven playoff games, recording three goals and six points … Represented Sweden in the World Junior Championship, posting seven points, all assists … Played for Sweden in the World Championship, finishing tied for fifth on the team with six points (1g-5a). 2005-06: Named Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Elite League, a league all-star and the best forward for Brynas … Played in 46 games for Brynas, leading the team in points (26) and ranking second in goals (10) … Recorded one playoff goal in four games … Represented Sweden in the World Junior Championship and the World Championship. 2004-05: Split the season between the junior and senior leagues for Brynas … Played in 19 games in the Elite League … Played in 29 games for the junior team, recording 34 points (17g-17a).
Has represented Sweden in five international competitions, participating in the World Junior Championship twice and World Championship each of the past three seasons. 2008: Tied for third on the Swedish team with seven points (3g-4a) in nine games at the World Championship … Second on the team with 27 shots. 2007: Recorded seven points, all assists, in seven games at the World Junior Championship … Posted six points (1g-5a) in nine games at the World Championship, helping Sweden to a fourth-place finish … Ranked tied for fifth on the team in points. 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 New York Rangers (10th round, 203rd overall, in 1980) … Brother, Kristoffer, is a defenseman playing in Sweden … 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.