Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nicklas Backstrom
Nicklas Backstrom was born November 23, 1987 in Gavle, Sweden. Washington's first round choice, fourth overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Backstrom honed his skills in his homeland competing in the Swedish Elite League.

After a final season in the SEL in which he led his team in points, Backstrom suited up for the Caps in all 82 of their regular season games. That season, Backstrom recorded 14 goals, 55 assists for 69 points, good for second best among rookie point producers. At the 2008 NHL Awards, Backstrom was named one of the three candidates for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, however the prize was captured by Chicago's Patrick Kane.

On the international stage, Backstrom has represented his homeland numerous times in both the World Junior Championships and the World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2001-02 Brynas IF Gavle U18 Swe-U18 2 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Brynas IF Gavle U18 Swe-U18
2003-04 Brynas IF Gavle U18 Swe-U18 6 9 5 14 4 3 0 3 3 0
2003-04 Brynas IF Gavle Jr. Swe-Jr. 21 2 6 8 2 5 0 0 0 4
2004-05 Brynas IF Gavle Jr. Swe-Jr. 29 17 17 34 24
2004-05 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 19 0 0 0 2 -5
2005-06 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 46 10 16 26 30 -1 4 1 0 1 2
2005-06 Brynas IF Gavle Jr. Swe-Jr. 1 0 0 0 2
2005-06 Sweden WC-A 4 0 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 45 12 28 40 46 -1 7 3 3 6 6
2006-07 Sweden WJC-A 7 0 7 7 20
2006-07 Sweden WC-A 9 1 5 6 4
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 82 14 55 69 24 +13 7 4 2 6 2
2007-08 Sweden WC-A 9 3 4 7 4 +1
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 82 22 66 88 46 +16 14 3 12 15 8
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 82 33 68 101 50 +37 7 5 4 9 4
2009-10 Sweden Olympics 4 1 5 6 0 +3
2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL 77 18 47 65 40 +24 9 0 2 2 4
2011-12 Washington Capitals NHL 42 14 30 44 24 -4 13 2 6 8 18
2011-12 Sweden WC-A 2 0 1 1 2 +1
2012-13 Dynamo Moscow KHL 19 10 15 25 10
2012-13 Washington Capitals NHL 48 8 40 48 20 +8 7 1 2 3 0
NHL Totals 413 109 306 415 204 57 15 28 43 36


NHL All-Rookie Team (2008) Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (KHL), October 18, 2012.