|Assets:||Displays outstanding patience with the puck, playmaking acumen and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Is mature and has great instincts. His shot is improving and he also boasts sound defensive ability.|
|Flaws:||Needs to continue getting a little better at fending off defenders when the checking is at its tightest. Also needs to do more of the little things when he's not putting up points consistently. Injuries are a bit of a concern here.|
|Career Potential:||Elite scoring center.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2007-08|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2008-09|
|Elitserien (Sweden)||Rookie of the Year||2005-06|
|Olympic||Olympic Silver Medal||2014 (Sweden)|
|10/20/2012||Signed with HC Dynamo Moscow (KHL).|
|4/21/2012||Missed the last playoff game (suspended by nhl).|
|4/17/2012||Suspended by the NHL for 1 game.|
|3/31/2012||Missed 40 games (head injury).|
|1/11/2012||Head injury, injured reserve.|
|1/07/2012||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|3/18/2011||Missed 5 games (thumb injury).|
|3/09/2011||Thumb injury, day-to-day.|
|5/17/2010||Re-signed by the Washington Capitals to a 10-year contract.|
|5/16/2007||Signed by the Washington Capitals to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/24/2006||Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (4th overall) in 2006.|
Backstrom isn't sure if he'll get his medal | 02/25/2014 12:32 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom is still waiting to find out if he'll get a silver medal for his time with Sweden.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactBackstrom wasn't allowed to play in the gold medal game because he tested positive for a banned substance. That sounds worse than it is because the banned substance he took was the allergy medication Zyrtec-D. He's been taking that for around seven years to deal with his allergy problems and the medication was approved by the team doctor. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL has no plans on punishing Backstrom so long as the facts are as they understand them and further added that Zyrtec-D is not on the NHL's banned substances list.
Adam Oates feels bad for Nicklas Backstrom | 02/24/2014 8:58 AM
NewsWashington head coach Adam Oates says he feels bad for his top center Nicklas Backstrom who was banished from the Olympics for taking a banned substance.
ImpactWhile the allergy medication was banned by the IOC, it's not by the NHL. "We feel so sorry for him, it's terrible," Oates said. "The circumstances, we don't know all the facts, but he took cold medicine that's allowed. 'I've got a cold or I've got an allergy.' They gave him the medicine, Zyrtec-D, that's OK at the time and then all of a sudden it's not OK. It kind of doesn't make sense to me." We think that Backstrom will not receive a silver medal as he was disqualified from the Games.
Nicklas Backstrom: I have nothing to hide | 02/23/2014 5:32 PM
NewsWashington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, a star with Team Sweden, said he was devastated that he was not allowed to play for the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics Sunday because he tested postive for a banned substance.
ImpactCanada beat Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal without Backstrom in the lineup. Backstrom was enjoying a first-rate tournament. He had four assists and led the team's centers in ice time before Sunday. He was getting ready for the game with his teammates when he learned he had to attend a hearing two hours before the game was scheduled to start. "I want to say I have absolutely nothing to hide," Backstrom said. "I have allergy problems. I've taken Zyrtec-D for many years. It was a little shocking to me, to be honest with you. . .I feel like I haven't done anything differently than the last seven years and I've been playing internationally for the last seven years and lots of games, and haven't seen this before. . .I've been here for two weeks now and [it is] probably the most fun I've ever had. I mean, great group of guys and I was ready to play probably the biggest game of my career and two-and-a-half hours before the game I got pulled aside. That is sad."
Nicklas Backstrom will not be punished by NHL | 02/23/2014 11:46 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom will not be punished by the NHL for taking a banned substance during the Olympics.
ImpactDeputy commissioner Bill Daly put out the following: " We understand that Nicklas Backstrom tested positive for a substance banned 'in competition' by the International Olympic Committee. It is our further understanding that the positive test was the result of a common allergy medication taken by the player knowingly, with the approval of the team doctor and without the intention of gaining an illegal or improper performance-enhancing benefit. In addition, the specific substance that resulted in the positive test is not currently on the League's Prohibited Substances List.Subject to confirmation of the facts as we understand them, and given the fact that the substance is neither prohibited in the NHL nor was used in an improper manner here, we do not anticipate there being any consequences relative to Nicklas' eligibility to participate in games for the Washington Capitals."
Report: Backstrom out due to banned substance | 02/23/2014 9:04 AM
NewsYahoo! Sports is reporting that Nicklas Backstrom was not allowed to play due to a positive test for a banned substance.
ImpactYahoo! was apprised by the NHLPA that Backstrom was found with an illegal allergy medication in his system. He was apparently tested on Friday and was taken from the dressing room before warmups. Stay tuned.
Nicklas Backstrom in the Swedish lineup | 02/23/2014 7:12 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom, who has a migraine headache, is still in the official lineup for Sweden.
ImpactThe Swedes are likely hoping that Backstrom's migraine will subside and he will be able to play later in the game. Stay tuned.
SWE's Backstrom has done well as top center | 02/22/2014 6:16 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom doesn't feel additional pressure even though Sweden lost plenty of depth down the middle due to injuries to Henrik Zetterberg and Henrik Sedin.
Impact"I don't feel like I have pressure from outside," he said. "I always put pressure on myself and have high expectations of myself in a tournament like this or when you go into a new NHL season. That's a similar situation. I think that is enough, to put the pressure and expectations I have for myself. Obviously we have a lot of ice time and the coaching staff believes in us, so it is something we have to take care of." He has four assists in five games during the Sochi Games, while playing between Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson. Sweden will have to battle for every inch against Canada in Sunday's gold-medal game.
Nicklas Backstrom centers Sedin & Eriksson | 02/11/2014 8:44 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom will be Sweden's number one center when they kick off their Olympic tournament on Wednesday afternoon against the Czech Republic.
ImpactHenrik Sedin's injury has elevated the gifted Caps playmaker to top line duties, with Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson on his wing. Backstrom is more than capable of handling a top scoring role with 56 points in 59 games this season. He had six points (1 G, 5 A) in four games during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Nicklas Backstrom ends four-game drought | 01/20/2014 10:01 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom snapped a four-game point drought with an assist on Sunday.
ImpactBackstrom has 11 goals and 49 points in 49 games this season. He's been reunited with Ovechkin for the first time since December and that can only help his fantasy value.
Capitals reunite Backstrom and Ovechkin | 01/18/2014 2:18 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom has been reunited with Alex Ovechkin.
ImpactThe two of them haven't played together since Dec. 30. They skated with Marcus Johansson during Saturday's practice. Backstrom hasn't earned a point in his last four games, but he has a total of 48 in 48 matches this season. His fantasy owners will be thrilled that he's back with Ovechkin.
Nicklas Backstrom says Caps to blame for loss | 01/13/2014 9:34 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom was not happy with the loss to the lowly Buffalo Sabres Sunday.
ImpactThe Capitals dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to Buffalo. "We didn't have a good game at all," Backstrom said. "Shame on us players. We had a chance to win the game. Our fault." Backstrom has 11 goals and 48 points in 45 games this season and is a must start in fantasy hockey.
Caps' Backstrom continues to churn out points | 01/11/2014 11:11 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom scored his 11th goal of the 2013-14 campaign in Friday's win over Toronto.
ImpactHe banked a puck off Toronto forward Jay McClement early in the third period to give him four points in his last four games. Backstrom currently ranks fourth in the NHL with 37 assists and he's tied for sixth in the league with 48 points in 44 matches.
Nicklas Backstrom picks up 2 pts in win | 12/27/2013 10:49 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom registered a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 3-2 win over the Rangers Friday.
ImpactAlthough Alex Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet, the Caps did receive goals from Mike Green and Eric Fehr in the victory.
Nicklas Backstrom finds the back of the net | 12/24/2013 10:48 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss on Monday.
ImpactThat point puts Backstrom ahead of Alex Ovechkin in the Capitals' scoring race. Backstrom has nine goals and 42 points in 37 games this season.
Nicklas Backstrom dazzles with four assists | 12/20/2013 10:09 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom had a hand in every Capitals goal in their 4-2 win over Carolina Friday night.
ImpactBackstrom's four assists boost his impressive output to eight goals and 33 assists in 35 games.
Nicklas Backstrom powers Caps' comeback | 12/15/2013 7:17 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom collected two assists and the shootout-winner as the Washington Capitals won 5-4 in a shootout.
ImpactAlex Ovechkin scored at least the game-tying goal (Washington's first tally either went to Marcus Johansson or Ovechkin). Either way, the Capitals' top line continues to be a force, as they powered a shocking win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Nicklas Backstrom scores 7th point in last 2 | 12/13/2013 10:45 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom notched a goal and an assist in Washington's shootout loss to Florida in Friday night's action.
ImpactComing off a five point performance against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, the skilled Swede lifted his point totals to eight goals and 34 points through 32 games this season.
Nicklas Backstrom also shines for Washington | 12/10/2013 10:12 PM
NewsWhile Alex Ovechkin stole the headlines, Nicklas Backstrom was dominant in his own right on Tuesday in the Washington Capitals' 6-5 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
ImpactBackstrom had one goal and four assists, giving him 32 points in 31 games on the season. He's more than just the Robin to Ovechkin's Batman.
Nicklas Backstrom scores shootout winner | 11/15/2013 11:42 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom contributed a third period assist to help the Caps overcome a deficit and scored the lone shootout goal as Washington beat Detroit 4-3 Friday night.
ImpactThe Swede broke a three game pointless drought by notching his 21st point in 20 games this season.
Nicklas Backstrom gets 3 power-play assists | 11/06/2013 11:14 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom recorded three power-play assists in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders.
ImpactBackstrom has been on fire lately with three goals and seven points in his last three contests. That brings him up to five goals and 14 assists in 15 contests this season.
Nicklas Backstrom nets another goal in win | 11/02/2013 10:30 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom netted a goal for the Capitals in their 3-2 shootout win over the Panthers on Saturday night.
ImpactAfter a 7-0 thrashing of the Flyers, Washington barely gets by a similarly-bad Panthers team. The most important thing, though, is that they have two straight wins with Alex Ovechkin sidelined. Backstrom now has three goals and four points in the last two games, picking up the slack with the captain out. John Carlson recorded the other goal. Eric Fehr, Karl Alzter, Michael Latta (also with seven penalty minutes) and Mike Green notched assists.
Backstrom picks up three points Friday | 11/01/2013 10:49 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom scored two goals and registered an assist in Washington's 7-0 win Friday night.
ImpactJason Chimera had a goal and three assists to give him 11 points in 13 games in 2013-14. Troy Brouwer found the back of the net with the man advantage at 18:20 of the second period. Mikhail Grabovski extended his point streak to five games with three assists. Martin Erat and Eric Fehr each assisted on two of Washington's seven goals.
Nicklas Backstrom gets two points Thursday | 10/25/2013 11:19 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-1 victory.
ImpactAlex Ovechkin has been stealing the show in Washington with 10 goals in his first 10 games, but Backstrom is off to a great start too. Backstrom now has two goals and 12 points in 10 contests this season. He's a good bet to record at least a point-per-game this season and there's an outside chance he'll end up flirting with the 100-point mark for the second time in his career.
| 10/11/2013 2:02 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom returned to action on Thursday October 10.
Backstrom skips practice for daughter's birth | 10/08/2013 12:19 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom missed Tuesday's practice for the birth of his daughter.
ImpactWe want to offer our congratulations to Backstrom and his girlfriend, Liza Berg. The Washington Capitals aren't scheduled to play again until Thursday.
Nick Backstrom turns in solid start to season | 10/01/2013 11:21 PM
NewsNiklas Backstrom notched two assists, both of them on the power play, in the Washington Capitals' 6-4 loss against Chicago.
ImpactBackstrom's career pace amounts to just over a point-per-game, and he looked as sharp as his stats on Tuesday night. Backstrom found instant chemistry with new Capital Mikhail Grabovski, and gelled with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green on the power play.
Nicklas Backstrom earns two points vs. Jets | 04/24/2013 12:20 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win over Winnipeg.
ImpactHe has four points in his last two games to give him 48 in 46 contests this season. Backstrom is third in the NHL with 40 helpers and is tied for eighth in league scoring. Hopefully, you stayed with patient with him at the beginning of the year and you are being rewarded for it now.
N. Backstrom participates in morning skate | 04/20/2013 2:42 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom took part in Saturday's morning skate.
ImpactJust another indication that Backstrom is fine to play Saturday night. He left Thursday's game after his arm was struck by the puck, but the ailment doesn't appear to be serious.
Nicklas Backstrom expected to play Saturday | 04/20/2013 1:14 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom is expected to play Saturday night against Montreal.
Katie Carrera Twitter
ImpactHe doesn't seem to be having any difficulties with his arm after blocking a shot in Thursday's contest. Keep the talented pivot active.
Nicklas Backstrom should be fine Saturday | 04/19/2013 4:55 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom reportedly doesn't have any significant lingering effects from being struck in the arm by a shot during Thursday's contest.
ImpactBackstrom left the game late in the third period as a result of the ailment, but he was able to practice on Friday. "He's fine," Capitals said Coach Adam Oates. "It hit him in the arm, you tweak a nerve there - like funny bone type hit. It went numb on him a little bit but he's fine." Backstrom added that while it's sore, he's fine to play on Saturday.
N. Backstrom takes part in Friday's practice | 04/19/2013 2:31 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom (arm) participated in Friday's practice.
ImpactBackstrom left Thursday's game with about seven minutes left due to the ailment. He reportedly didn't appear to have any issues during the Capitals' skate and it looks like he's probable for Saturday's contest.
Nicklas Backstrom hurt arm Thursday vs. Sens | 04/19/2013 12:29 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom suffered an arm injury Thursday that forced him to leave with roughly seven minutes left.
ImpactBackstrom's arm was apparently fairly badly bruised. The Swedish center was unavailable for comment after the game and the severity of the injury is unknown at the moment. Losing Backstrom would be devastating for the Caps, who have been red hot in part due in large part to Backstrom's play. We should know more after Friday's practice.
Nicklas Backstrom keeps on rolling | 04/14/2013 10:39 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom has one goal and 14 assists in his last nine contests.
ImpactBackstrom has been an assist machine in 2013 and is presently third in the league with 38 helpers in 42 games in this 48-game shortened season. He should be counted on to get at least a point-per-game for the rest of the year.
Nicklas Backstrom is on fire | 04/07/2013 11:47 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom has three goals and 17 points in his last 11 games.
Official website of the Washington Capitals
ImpactBackstrom has been an assist machine of late and is presently third in the league with 33 helpers in 38 games in this 48-game shortened season. He should be counted on to get at least a point-per-game for the rest of the year.
Nicklas Backstrom collects 4 helpers Tuesday | 04/03/2013 10:06 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom collected four assists in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Carolina.
ImpactIt marked his first four-assist outing since Nov. 11, 2010. He has been hot of late with three goals and 11 helpers in his last 11 contests. Backstrom is presently third in the league with 29 assists in 36 games this season.
Nicklas Backstrom to play in 400th game | 03/31/2013 10:44 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom is slated to play in the 400th game of his NHL career Sunday in Philadelphia.
Official website of the Washington Capitals
ImpactBackstrom's 397 career points (106 goals, 291 assists) are tops among all active NHL skaters with 400 or fewer games played. He should be counted on to get at least a point-per-game for the rest of the year.
Nicklas Backstrom extends point streak Sat. | 03/09/2013 4:04 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom recorded his third goal of season in Washington's 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders Saturday afternoon.
ImpactThe marker extended his current point streak to four games. Backstrom has a goal and five helpers over that span. He has 21 points in 23 contests. Joel Ward's power-play strike represented the Capitals' other tally in the match.
Backstrom, Carlson help key Capitals' victory | 02/26/2013 11:09 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom tallied a power-play goal and had an assist in Washington's 3-0 win over Carolina on Tuesday.
ImpactHis first-period marker held up as the game's winning goal. Backstrom has 15 points in 18 games this campaign. Defenseman John Carlson also had a goal and a helper in the contest.
Backstrom, Chimera expected to play Tuesday | 02/26/2013 6:40 PM
NewsNicklas Backtrom (illness) and Jason Chimera (undisclosed) are both expected to play Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
ImpactBoth players participated in Tuesday's morning skate and said they planned to play against Carolina. Chimera has been skating on the Caps' top line, but Backstrom is far more fantasy relevant. Fantasy owners should feel free to use both players as they normally would.
Nicklas Backstrom too sick to practice Monday | 02/25/2013 12:38 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom missed Monday's morning skate due to an illness.
ImpactThe good news for Backstrom is that this is an off-day for Washington, so he might be feeling well enough to play by the time the Capitals play against Carolina on Tuesday. He has a goal and 13 points in 17 games this season.
Caps Backstrom is on a four-game point streak | 02/04/2013 1:01 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom extended his point streak to four games on Sunday.
ImpactBackstrom had an assist to give him seven points in nine games. He should be counted on to get at least a point-per-game in 2013.
Nicklas Backstrom finally lights the lamp | 02/01/2013 11:03 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom had two points in the Capitals' 3-2 win over the Flyers on Friday night.
ImpactThe talented center potted his first goal of the year and had an assist. While Alex Ovechkin (seven shots) didn't find the score sheet, the fact Backstrom did is a great sign for the Caps, who have started off the season very slowly -- entering the game he was fourth on the team in points. Wojtek Wolski and Troy Brouwer recorded the other markers in the win. Matt Hendricks had 15 penalty minutes.
Backstrom calls Caps' play 'embarrassing' | 01/25/2013 10:29 AM
NewsNicklas Backstrom referred to the way Washington played in Thursday's loss to Montreal as "embarrassing."
Impact"We've really got to regroup and talk about this and play the way we should," he said after the team's 4-1 defeat which dropped them to 0-3 on the season. Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin haven't generated much offense yet and both players are still looking for their first goals.
Nicklas Backstrom doesn't have a concussion | 01/11/2013 1:18 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom (neck) resumed skating on Friday after being examined by a neurologist.
ImpactBackstrom hadn't been on the ice since Dec. 26 and dizziness was one of his symptoms, so the fear was that he had another concussion. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. "I feel good. I'm a hundred percent," Backstrom said. "I know it's a lot of speculation about what's going on and stuff, but it's something I wanted to check out. So I went to Michigan and I got it checked out. No concussion, so we can all be calm." It was determined that the injury is related to his neck and isn't serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Nicklas Backstrom's health key for Capitals | 01/09/2013 9:18 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom's health figures to be the Capitals' biggest question mark heading into the new season.
The Washington Times
ImpactBackstrom played just 42 games last season because of a concussion, and he's dealing with a neck injury now, which is an injury he suffered in the KHL. He will visit a specialist before camp. "Nicky's one of our go-to guys in the locker room, go-to guys on the ice. He's a leader on our team. We're going to miss him, without a doubt," forward Matt Hendricks said. "We're going to miss the way he plays and the way he produces and things like that. But we're going to do our best to win hockey games without him if he's not going to be around."
Nicklas Backstrom (neck) to see specialist | 01/09/2013 3:14 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom will visit a specialist in Michigan to examine his neck injury.
Impact"Nick and his agent informed us that they are being proactive with his injury and decided to visit a specialist prior to training camp," said Capitals spokesman Sergey Kocharov. "Obviously, as you know until camp officially starts teams cannot perform physicals on any player." Backstrom suffered what was deemed as a bruised neck while playing in the KHL during the lockout. The Capitals should get a better idea of Backstrom's availability for training camp and for the start of the season once the team reports in physicals.
Backstrom's status update on hold for CBA | 01/08/2013 5:26 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom's status for the start of the NHL's shortened season remains uncertain.
ImpactHe suffered a neck injury after falling awkwardly into the boards during a game with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL on Dec. 26. Washington GM George McPhee said he can't give an update on Backstrom until the ratification process for the new CBA is compete. "There are some things we can talk about, some things we can't, and we can't talk about the fitness or health of any players until training camp," McPhee said Tuesday. "I'd be happy then."
Nicklas Backstrom status is a question mark | 01/07/2013 5:59 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom reportedly flew back to North America on Sunday, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
ImpactHe suffered a neck bruise on Dec. 26 while playing for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL, but it's unclear if the ailment will hinder him for the start of Washington's training camp or for the beginning of the season. In the translated piece, he expressed his excitement over returning to North America to start playing in the NHL again.
Nicklas Backstrom suffers neck bruise in KHL | 01/02/2013 12:58 PM
NewsNicklas Backstrom has missed two straight games for Dynamo Moscow since suffering a neck bruise on Dec. 26.
ImpactIt's unclear when he will be able to return as the ailment could be the day-to-day or week-to-week variety, according to a report. Backstrom missed the majority of the 2011-12 campaign with a concussion, so the Washington Capitals will likely monitor the situation closely and so should any potential fantasy owners should the league and players agree to a new CBA soon.
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||50||19||23||42||-||26||-||-||-||-||-||0.84|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||6||0||0||0||-||6||-||-||-||-||-||0.00|
|Goals||2||at Phi||Nov 1||1|
|Assists||4||2 times-last:at Car||last:Dec 20||4|
|Points||5||vs. TB||Dec 10||4|
|Penalty Minutes||4||vs. Mtl||Nov 29||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||7 times-last:at Fla||last:Feb 27||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||3 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Dec 23||1|
|Power Play Points||3||3 times-last:at Car||last:Dec 20||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||at NYI||Nov 30||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at NYI||Nov 30||0|
|Shots||6||at Det||Nov 15||7|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2009-10 (Wsh)|
|Penalty Minutes||50||2009-10 (Wsh)|
|Power Play Goals||14||2008-09 (Wsh)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2010-11 (Wsh)|
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