|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|
|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.|
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 U18||Total||Swe U18||8||9||5||14||-||4||-||-||-||-||-||1.75|
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||6||0||0||0||-||6||-||-||-||-||-||0.00|
|Swe U18||Total||Swe U18||3||0||3||3||-||0||-||-||-||-||-||1.00|
|Goals||1||8 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Apr 23||2|
|Assists||4||at Car||Apr 2||3|
|Points||4||at Car||Apr 2||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||10 times-last:vs. TB||last:Apr 13||4|
|Plus/Minus||3||at Car||Apr 2||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||3 times-last:at Mtl||last:Apr 20||1|
|Power Play Points||2||at Fla||Apr 6||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||48 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shots||7||vs. TB||Apr 7||4|
|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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