|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
210 lb (95 kg)
|Born||November 23, 1987,|
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 2006|
|Pro Career||2004 – present|
Early life[edit | edit source]
Bäckström's father Anders is a known Swedish hockey player who played his whole hockey career for Brynäs, totaling 10 seasons for the club. Nicklas' older brother Kristoffer is also a hockey player, but in the second tier of the Swedish league system with Hammarby.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Bäckström was a top prospect in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and was selected fourth overall by the Washington Capitals. With that, he became the fourth-highest drafted Swede, after Mats Sundin (first), Daniel Sedin (second), and Henrik Sedin (third). Victor Hedman was later picked second in 2009.
Upon his arrival to the NHL, Bäckström was solid but not spectacular as he made the transition to the smaller ice rinks of North America. However, after an injury to Nylander, Bäckström was promoted to the first line, where he flourished. Playing alongside Alexander Ovechkin, Bäckström set NHL and team records while helping Ovechkin win the Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.
Bäckström was the runner up to Chicago's Patrick Kane for the Calder Trophy. Kane had 1,087 votes while Bäckström had 872 votes. The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews was third with 647. However, Bäckström was named to the All-Rookie Team along with Kane and Toews.
In his second NHL season, Bäckström would go on to lead both the Capitals and Swedish NHL players with 66 assists, and added 22 goals for 88 points, placing him within the top ten NHL scorers in the 2008–09 regular season. Bäckström would again prove to be a force in the playoffs, tallying 15 points in 14 games.
Following the 2008–09 NHL playoffs, Bäckström was awarded the Viking Award for being the best Swedish-born player in the 2008–09 NHL season; he is only the second Capital to win this award, following behind Calle Johansson.
At the conclusion of the 2009-2010 NHL season, Backstrom finished 4th in League scoring with 101 points. Behind Henrik Sedin (112), Sidney Crosby (109), Alexander Ovechkin (109).
Bäckström scored his first career playoff hat trick, including the overtime game winner against The Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, round that they lost in 7 games.
On Monday 17 May 2010, Bäckström signed a 10 year, $67 million extension contract with the Washington Capitals.
International play[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World U18 Championships|
He played his first game with the Swedish national team on April 6, 2006, in a game against Norway. He won the World Championship when he represented Sweden in the 2006 World Championship. As of that tournament he is the youngest Swedish player ever in an Ice Hockey World Championship tournament. Bäckström played the last four games in the WC (roster spot held open for Daniel Alfredsson) and was directly appointed to the first line together with idol Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzén.
Bäckström led Team Sweden in the 2010 Olympics with 6 points in 4 games before they were eliminated by Slovakia in the quarterfinals.
Bäckström played for Sweden in:
- 2006 World Junior Championships
- 2006 World Championships (gold medal)
- 2007 World Junior Championships
- 2007 World Championships
- 2008 World Championships
- 2010 Winter Olympics
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
International[edit | edit source]
|2005||Sweden Jr.||WJC U18||7||2||3||5||4|
|Junior int'l totals||38||10||19||29||44|
|Senior int'l totals||41||8||17||25||12|
Awards[edit | edit source]
- Junior Hockey Player of the Year (2006)
- Elitserien Rookie of the Year (2006)
- NHL Rookie of the Month: December 2007
- NHL No. 1 Star of the Week: weeks ending November 16, 2008; and December 7, 2009.
- NHL All-Rookie Team (2007–08)
- Finalist, 2007–08 Calder Memorial Trophy
- Viking Award (2009)
Records[edit | edit source]
- Youngest Swedish player ever in World Championship (18 years and 6 months).
- First NHL rookie to record four assists in two consecutive games.
- Most assists in a season by a rookie, Washington Capitals team record (55 assists), 2007–08 NHL season.
References[edit | edit source]
- El-Bashir, Tariq, (June 12, 2008) "A.O. Snags Hart, Pearson; Boudreau Wins Adams", Washington Post, 30 April 2010
- "Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom signs $67 million contract". Associated Press. May 17, 2010.
- "'Gus' picks 13 Turin Champs ", 27 December 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2010
- Bob McKenzie (2006). ”Top 30 Draft Prospects”. TSN.ca. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- Brian Hunter (2008-01-22). ”Caps win a shootout from the start”. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
[edit | edit source]
- Nicklas Bäckström's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Nicklas Bäckström - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
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