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Capitals Sign Center Nicklas Backstrom to Entry-Level Contract

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – May 21, 2007 – The Washington Capitals have signed center Nicklas Backstrom to a three-year entry-level contract beginning next season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Backstrom, who will turn 20 on Nov. 23, was the Capitals’ first-round draft-pick, No. 4 overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has represented Sweden in two World Championships and two World Junior Championships, and has been the leading scorer for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League each of the past two seasons.

“Nicklas is a talented player who we are excited to add to our lineup,” vice president and general manager George McPhee said. “We feel that he addresses an immediate need, but just as importantly, he is a skilled young player who we hope will be a key contributor for years to come.”

Backstrom is ranked third among all NHL prospects by both The Hockey News and Hockey’s Future. He had 40 points in 45 games for Brynas in 2006-07, adding three goals and six points in seven playoff games. He had a goal and five assists in nine games at the 2007 World Championship in Moscow. In 2005-06 he was named the rookie of the year and an all-star in the Swedish Elite League.

Nicklas Backstrom 19
Center
Ht.: 6’0” Wt.: 183 Shoots: Left
Born: November 23, 1987 (Gavle, Sweden)
Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, fourth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft

  Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW S GP G A Pts PIM
2004-05 Brynas J20Superelit 29 17 17 34 24 17 - - - - 10 1 1 2 0
  Brynas SEL 19 0 0 0 2 -5 - - - - - - - - -
2005-06 Brynas SEL 46 10 16 26 30 -1 - - - - 4 1 0 1 2
  Brynas J20Superelit - - - - - - - - - - 1 0 0 0 2
  Sweden WJC 6 4 3 7 2 3 - - - - - - - -  
  Sweden WC 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
2006-07 Brynas SEL 45 12 28 40 46 -2 - - - - 7 3 3 6 6
  Sweden WJC 7 0 7 7 6 - - - - - - - - - -
  Sweden WC 9 1 5 6 4 - - - - - - - - - -
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