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.
The 2009-10 season was a break out year for the young Captial. He posted 33 goals and 101 points which set career highs in both categories and finished fourth in the league in scoring. This led to the Capitals to sign him to a 10 year extension.
On the international stage, Backstrom has represented his homeland in nine tournaments. This includes a Gold Medal performance at the 2006 World Championship and a Silver Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Overall he has participated in four World Championships (2006, 2007, 2008, 2012), and two Olympics (2010, 2014) to go along with his junior career.