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NHL Draft Prospect Report: Nicklas Backstrom

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
CBJ.com will profile one of the top-10 draft prospects each day for the next 10 days leading up to the draft on Saturday, June 24. The Jackets select sixth in the NHL Draft. Click here to see the Draft History of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nicklas Backstrom
Position: Center/Wing
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 183
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Nov. 23, 1987
2005-06 Club: Brynas (SWE)

Central Scouting Report:
A mobile good skater with acceleration, speed and balance … incredible hockey sense and hands … a solid all-around player with terrific over-all skill level … good offensive talent, excellent playmaker and passer … a natural scorer with a quick release and a good selection of shots … smooth hands … effective at face-offs … a creative offensive talent with excellent work ethic … finesse player who can play tough, can take and give a hit … has a very good attitude, comes out to play on every shift … in excellent shape, but does need more strength … could improve on first step quickness … named best forward on Swedish Under-20 at World Junior Championships … named rookie of the year in the Swedish league 2005-06.

For a complete list of all the top prospects:
Top European Goalies
Top European Skaters
Top North American Goalies
Top North American Skaters

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