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Nicklas Backstrom
NUMBER: 19 BIRTHDATE: November 23, 1987  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Gävle, Sweden
WEIGHT: 208 DRAFTED: WSH / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (4th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> There's no sophomore jinx in evidence for Backstrom, who tallied 40 points in the 27-game stretch from Nov. 8 to Jan. 1 that vaulted him into the League's top 10 scorers and helped the Capitals surge to the Southeast Division lead. <br /> <br /> Considered among the best players outside the NHL prior to last season, Backstrom confirmed his status as one of the League's most prized rookies in 2007-08. Backstrom finished the season second among NHL rookie scorers with 69 points (14 goals, 55 assists) in 82 games, three points behind Chicago's Patrick Kane, and finished the season with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and a +16 rating in his last 17 outings. He finished second to Kane in Calder Trophy balloting and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Backstrom's point total was the second-highest by a Capitals rookie in franchise history behind Alex Ovechkin's 106 in 2005-06 and he set the club record for rookie assists, one more than Ovechkin's 54. <br /> <br /> Backstrom scored two goals, including the game-winner, to lift the Eastern Conference to a 7-6 victory in last year's YoungStars game. He also had an assist in the contest. He noted: &quot;It was fun, lots of breakaways.&quot; <br /> <br /> The Gavle, Sweden native was the fourth player selected in the 2006 Entry Draft. He represented Sweden in three World Championships and two World Junior Championships, and was the leading scorer for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League in the two seasons prior to his move to the NHL. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his NHL ambitions: &quot;Every year you want to be better. I have that responsibility right now. I get a lot of ice time. I want to be good out there. I don't want to be just some random player.&quot; <br /> <br /> On playing with linemate Alex Ovechkin: &quot;He's an unbelievable player. He's a goal-scorer, so you just pass him the puck and maybe it's a goal. I just try to play my normal game. He's always skating around and he has room, so I can pass to him. It's easy to play with him. He's smart on the ice, too. He's not just skating around.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau: &quot;If he's like everyone else in the history of hockey, he's going to get better. He hasn't reached his peak. He's capable -- I don't want to put too much pressure on him -- of being a 100-point producer.&quot; Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green: &quot;Nicky is such a good passer and sees the ice so well; when he is playing well, he is creating so much offense and he is creating a lot of opportunities for other guys to score.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/31/AR2008123103069.html?wprss=rss_sports%2Fcapitals">A Star Arrives For Caps</a><br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111702903.html">Capitals' Backstrom Is Getting His Groove Back</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://capitals.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=25137">Caps365: Pop-up Video (Backstrom)</a><br /> <a href="http://capitals.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=26998">Caps365: Celebrating Thanksgiving</a><br /> <br />
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