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Nicklas Backstrom Named to NHL All-Rookie Team

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, the NHL announced this evening at the NHL Awards Show in Toronto. Backstrom also finished as runner-up for the Calder Trophy given to the league’s rookie of the year, edged by Chicago’s Patrick Kane.

 
Backstrom, who was one of four Caps to play every game, turned in the second most prolific season ever for a Capitals rookie, as he helped lead Washington to the playoffs for the first time since 2003. He finished second in rookie scoring with 69 points (Kane led with 72) and lead all rookies and set a new Capitals’ rookie record with 55 assists.
 
He had 60 points (13g-47a) in his last 61 games, was +18 in that time and had three four-point games. In the last 18 games of the regular season, and with the playoffs on the line, he had 18 points (5g-13a) and a +16 rating. Backstrom tied for third among rookies with a +13 rating and had the highest rating among the top 15 rookie scorers.
 
His four game-winning goals ranked second among rookies and his +19 rating outside of the Southeast Division paced all rookies against non-divisional opponents. Backstrom finished the season as the only rookie with at least 45 points to have a plus-rating in both home and road games. He also became the first rookie in NHL history to post back-to-back four-assist games (Jan. 19 vs. Florida and Jan. 21 at Pittsburgh.)
 
The 20-year-old native of Gavle, Sweden, tied for first among rookies with 22 power-play assists and ranked third in rookie power-play points with 25.
 
Backstrom’s linemate Alex Ovechkin is the only other Capital forward to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Goaltender Jim Carey (1994-95) and defenseman Scott Stevens (1982-83) are the other two Capitals named to an NHL All-Rookie Team.
 
NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
G: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
D: Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers
D: Tom Gilbert, Edmonton Oilers
F: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
F: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
F:  Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
 
 
Nicklas Backstrom
Position: Center
Born: November 23, 1987 (Gavle, Sweden)
Height: 6’0”                Weight: 183                     Shoots: Left
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           -       -       -       -           -            10      1      1      2      0
                    Brynas                             SEL                 19          0          0          0          2           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
2005-06       Brynas                             SEL                 46        10        16        26        30           -       -       -       -           -              4      1      0      1      2
                    Brynas                             J20Superelit        -           -           -           -           -           -       -       -       -           -              1      0      0      0      2
                    Sweden                            WJC                   6          4          3          7          2           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
                    Sweden                            WC                    4          0          0          0          0           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
2006-07       Brynas                             SEL                 45        12        28        40        46           -       -       -       -           -              7      3      3      6      6
                    Sweden                            WJC                   7          0          7          7          6           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
                    Sweden                            WC                    9          1          5          6          4           -       -       -       -           -               -       -       -       -       -
2007-08       CAPITALS                      NHL                82        14        55        69        24        13      3      0      4      153              7      4      2      6      2
CAPITALS/NHL TOTALS                                         82        14        55        69        24        13      3      0      4      153              7      4      2      6      2
 
NHL All-Rookie Team (2008)
 
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