Vancouver, B.C. - June 24, 2006 - The Washington Capitals today selected center Nicklas Backstrom with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver. The selection is the club’s 10th first-round selection in the last five years (2002-06).
A 6-foot, 183-pound Gavle, Sweden native, Backstrom played both junior and senior hockey with Brynas in the Swedish league in 2004-05 and was named best forward on Bryans in 2005-06. He was also named best forward on Swedish Under-20 at the World Junior Championships and named rookie of the year in the Swedish league in 2005-06.Central Scouting reports that Backstrom is good offensive talent, an excellent playmaker and passer. He is a good offensive talent, an excellent playmaker and passer and has an incredible hockey sense and hands. Scouts have likened Backstrom’s style to fellow Swedish player Peter Forsberg.The Capitals have two picks in the first round and five picks in the first two rounds, more than any other team. The Capitals were one of three teams (Minnesota, St. Louis) with two first-round picks.