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NICKLAS BÄCKSTRÖM  Sweden

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BIRTHYEAR 1987-11-23 BIRTHPLACEValbo, SWE
AGE 28 NATION Sweden
POSITION C SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 97 kg / 214 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Valbo AIF CONTRACT 19/20
NHL DRAFT 2006 round 1 #4 overall by Washington Capitals
CAP HIT $6,700,000
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An extremely talented two-way center. Bäckström stands out with his tremendous hockey sense and soft hands. His technical skills are very good and one of his trademarks is the way he moves the puck into the offensive zone. He stickhandles really well through traffic. Offensively his passing skills are superb. His flip passes are perhaps a bit risky, His shot is decent, although it can and should be improved, and although he is still more of a playmaker than a scorer, he has a pretty good scoring touch.

Defensively Bäckström takes care of his responsibilities and is a rather good penalty killer. He could use some work on his conditioning and skating. Not slow by any means, but there is some room for improvement. Bäckström is not an overly physical player, but he is pretty strong and tough to knock the puck off.

Father: Anders Bäckström
Brother: Kristoffer Bäckström
Cousin: Viktor Huss

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CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2001-02 Brynäs IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 2 0 000 |            
 2003-04 Brynäs IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 6 9 5144 | Playoffs 3 0 330  
  Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 21 2 682 | Playoffs 5 0 004  
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0012 |            
 2004-05 Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 29 17 173424 |            
  Brynäs IF SHL 19 0 002 -5 |            
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 2 354 5 |            
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 15 5 6118 |            
 2005-06 Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 0 0 000 | Playoffs 1 0 002  
  Brynäs IF SHL 46 10 162630 -1 | Playoffs 4 1 012 -2 
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 6 4 372 3 |            
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 11 5 6112 |            
  Sweden EHT 4 1 122 0 |            
  Sweden WC 4 0 000 0 |            
  Sweden (all) International 9 1 232 0 |            
 2006-07 Brynäs IF  SHL 45 12 284046 -2 | Playoffs 7 3 366
  Sweden U20  WJC-20 7 0 7720 1 |            
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 9 0 7722 |            
  Sweden EHT 6 1 232 -2 |            
  Sweden WC 9 1 564 2 |            
  Sweden (all) International 19 3 7106 2 |            
 2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 82 14 556924 13 | Playoffs 7 4 262
  Sweden WC 9 3 474 1 |            
  Sweden (all) International 9 3 474 1 |            
 2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 82 22 668846 16 | Playoffs 14 3 12158
 2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 82 33 6810150 37 | Playoffs 7 5 494
  Sweden OG 4 1 560 3 |            
  Sweden (all) International 4 1 560 3 |            
 2010-11 Washington Capitals  NHL 77 18 476540 24 | Playoffs 9 0 224
 2011-12 Washington Capitals  NHL 42 14 304424 -4 | Playoffs 13 2 6818
  Sweden WC 2 0 110 -2 |            
  Sweden (all) International 2 0 110 -2 |            
 2012-13 OHK Dynamo Moskva  KHL 19 10 152510 9 |            
  Washington Capitals  NHL 48 8 404820 8 | Playoffs 7 1 230 -2 
  Sweden EHT 3 0 224 -1 |            
  Sweden (all) International 3 0 224 -1 |            
 2013-14 Washington Capitals  NHL 82 18 617954 -20 |            
  Sweden OG 5 0 440 3 |            
  Sweden (all) International 5 0 440 3 |            
 2014-15 Washington Capitals  NHL 82 18 607840 5 | Playoffs 14 3 582 -3 
 2015-16 Washington Capitals  NHL 75 20 507036 17 | Playoffs 12 2 9118
 2016-17 Sweden WCup - - --- |            
  Sweden (all) International - - --- |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2001-02 Gästrikland TV-Pucken 8 3 1418 2 |            
 2002-03 Gästrikland TV-Pucken 8 5 10158 |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  EHT: 13 2 5 7 0.54 -3  |    
  International: 51 8 25 33 0.65 16  |    
  International-Jr: 38 10 19 29 0.76 44  |    
  J18 Allsvenskan: 8 9 5 14 1.75 | 3 0 3 3 1.00  
  KHL: 19 10 15 25 1.32 10  |    
  NHL: 652 165 477 642 0.98 334  96  | 83 20 42 62 0.75 46  13 
  OG: 9 1 9 10 1.11 |    
  SHL: 110 22 44 66 0.60 78  -8  | 11 4 3 7 0.64 -2 
  SuperElit: 50 19 23 42 0.84 26  | 6 0 0 0 0.00  
  TV-Pucken: 16 8 11 19 1.19 26  |    
  WC: 24 4 10 14 0.58 |    
  WCup: - - - - - |    
  WJC-18: 7 2 3 5 0.71 |    
  WJC-20: 13 4 10 14 1.08 22  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2004-2005 U18 WJC Best Face-Off Percentage (68.57)
  U18 WJC Bronze Medal
2005-2006 SHL Most Goals by Junior (10)
  SHL Most Points by Junior (26)
  SHL Rookie of the Year
  SHL Rookie of the Year Nominee (1 of 4) (Won)
  Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year (Årets Junior)
  World Championship Gold Medal
  World Championship Youngest Swedish Player Ever (18 years, 6 months)
2006-2007 SHL Most Points by Junior (40)
  Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year (Årets Junior)
  U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
2007-2008 NHL All-Rookie Team
  NHL Rookie of the Month (December)
  NHL YoungStars Roster
2008-2009 NHL Best Swedish Player (Viking Award)
2009-2010 Olympic Best Face-Off Percentage (68.97%)
2013-2014 Olympic Silver Medal
2014-2015 NHL Best Swedish Player (Viking Award)
  NHL Most Assists (60)
2015-2016 NHL All-Star Game
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- NHL All-Rookie Team 07/08
- NHL All-Star Game 15/16
- NHL Best Swedish Player (Viking Award) 08/09, 14/15
- NHL Most Assists 14/15
- NHL Rookie of the Month 07/08
- NHL YoungStars Roster 07/08
- Olympic Best Face-Off Percentage 09/10
- Olympic Silver Medal 13/14
- SHL Most Goals by Junior 05/06
- SHL Most Points by Junior 05/06, 06/07
- SHL Rookie of the Year 05/06
- SHL Rookie of the Year Nominee (1 of 4) 05/06
- Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year (Årets Junior) 05/06, 06/07
- U18 WJC Best Face-Off Percentage 04/05
- U18 WJC Bronze Medal 04/05
- U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team 06/07
- World Championship Gold Medal 05/06
- World Championship Youngest Swedish Player Ever (18 years, 6 months) 05/06



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2012-10-20 Confirmed Washington Capitals Dynamo Moskva NHL lockout contract 
2010-05-17 Extension Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 10 years 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Valbo HC
Cult/Star player for Brynäs IF
Cult/Star player for Brynäs IF J20
Cult/Star player for Washington Capitals
Cult/Star player for Sweden
 
Career transactions
- 2010-05-17 • Signed to a ten-year contract extension by the Washington Capitals
- 2007-05-16 • Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Washington Capitals