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Nicklas Backstrom

29-Year-Old Center – Washington Capitals

2016-17 NHL Stats

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23

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63

PP Pts

35

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17

PIM

38

2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Over the last 10 seasons, only Joe Thornton and Henrik Sedin have more assists than Backstrom’s 540, but those guys are both on the back ends of their careers -- Backstrom is only 29, a playmaker in his prime. Alex Ovechkin’s partner in crime is coming off his second-highest...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 213   DOB: 11/23/1987   BORN: Gavle, Sweden   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2006   Show ContractHide Contract

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Agreed to a 10-year, $67 million contract with the Capitals in May of 2010.

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Nicklas Backstrom NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2007-08 19 82 14 55 69 13 24 153 9.2 4 0 3 0 3
2008-09 20 82 22 66 88 16 46 174 12.6 1 0 19:57 14 27 41 3:54 51 45
2009-10 21 82 33 68 101 37 50 222 14.9 4 0 20:27 11 26 37 3:38 90 62
2010-11 22 NHL MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0:00 0 0 0 0:00 0 0
2010-11 22 NHL WAS 77 18 47 65 24 40 202 8.9 2 1 20:36 4 18 22 3:19 69 64
2011-12 23 NHL WAS 42 14 30 44 -4 24 95 14.7 4 0 19:10 3 16 19 3:20 31 25
2012-13 24 NHL WAS 48 8 40 48 8 20 82 9.8 1 0 19:54 3 15 18 3:34 31 35
2013-14 25 NHL WAS 82 18 61 79 -20 54 196 9.2 1 1 19:48 6 38 44 3:40 89 54
2014-15 26 NHL WAS 82 18 60 78 5 40 153 11.8 3 0 20:32 3 30 33 3:06 91 52
2015-16 27 NHL WAS 75 20 50 70 17 36 129 15.5 4 0 19:11 3 27 30 3:04 51 50
2016-17 28 NHL WAS 82 23 63 86 17 38 162 14.2 5 0 18:16 8 27 35 3:04 45 33
2017-18 Proj 29 NHL WAS 78 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Nicklas Backstrom

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2016-17 Time On Ice Stats

18:16

Average Time On Ice

On average, Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for 18:16.

3:04

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for 3:04 during power plays.

0:42

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for 0:42 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2014-15 20:32 3:06 0:58
2015-16 19:11 3:04 0:54
2016-17 18:16 3:04 0:42

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2016-17 NHL Game Log   Nicklas Backstrom
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
May 10 PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 21:58 2:03
May 8 PIT@PIT 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 100.0 2 0 19:06 3:40
May 6 PIT 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 2 19:02 3:00
May 3 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 20:41 4:51
May 1 PIT@PIT 1 1 2 -1 0 1 1 0 5 20.0 2 0 22:13 4:27
Apr 29 PIT 1 1 2 -2 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 1 0 20:16 5:03
Apr 27 PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 0 19:33 0:00
Apr 23 TOR@TOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 21:59 2:00
Apr 21 TOR 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 1 1 19:39 3:29
Apr 19 TOR@TOR 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 20:51 0:36
Apr 17 TOR@TOR 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 0 17:30 2:28
Apr 15 TOR 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 3 0 26:12 4:14
Apr 13 TOR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 20:37 3:20
Apr 9 FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 17:42 2:41
Apr 8 BOS@BOS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 17:05 3:58
Apr 5 NYR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 19:14 2:04
Apr 4 TOR@TOR 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 0.0 3 0 16:12 2:05
Apr 2 CLM@CLM 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 18:28 2:54
Mar 31 ARI@ARI 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 25.0 0 0 15:52 0:41
Mar 29 COL@COL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 2 16:50 3:26
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Mar 28 MIN@MIN 0 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 19:52 2:44
Mar 25 ARI 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 18:35 5:00
Mar 23 CLM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 19:46 3:55
Mar 21 CGY 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 100.0 0 0 18:59 3:06
Mar 18 TAM@TAM 0 4 4 2 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 21:05 2:34
Mar 16 NAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 18:33 1:02
Mar 14 MIN 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 2 0.0 2 0 19:04 5:01
Mar 12 ANA@ANA 0 1 1 -1 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 18:00 3:49
Mar 11 LOS@LOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 17:04 2:20
Mar 9 SAN@SAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 20:00 6:23
Mar 6 DAL 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 14.3 0 0 20:36 3:39
Mar 4 PHI 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 1 5 19:00 4:02
Mar 2 NJD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 19:00 5:35
Feb 28 NYR@NYR 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 33.3 0 0 18:10 2:07
Feb 25 NAS@NAS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 19:15 1:27
Feb 24 EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:55 2:41
Feb 22 PHI@PHI 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 0 17:05 1:00
Feb 19 NYR@NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 2 18:24 2:19
Feb 18 DET@DET 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 20:16 6:07
Feb 11 ANA 1 2 3 -1 0 0 1 0 4 25.0 2 1 16:33 2:40
Feb 9 DET 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 0 1 100.0 1 0 16:32 0:44
Feb 7 CAR 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 16:30 3:14
Feb 5 LOS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 16:47 2:03
Feb 4 MON@MON 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 50.0 0 1 19:43 3:18
Feb 1 BOS 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 0 0 19:47 3:20
Jan 31 NYI@NYI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 18:33 0:46
Jan 26 NJD@NJD 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:24 2:57
Jan 24 OTT@OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 21:12 6:19
Jan 23 CAR 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 16:44 2:39
Jan 21 DAL@DAL 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0.0 1 0 18:03 2:40
Jan 19 STL@STL 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:59 2:02
Jan 16 PIT@PIT 1 0 1 -3 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 0 18:28 4:02
Jan 15 PHI 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:04 2:20
Jan 13 CHI 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 0 0 14:59 0:00
Jan 11 PIT 1 3 4 2 0 1 1 0 2 50.0 0 1 17:23 3:42
Jan 9 MON@MON 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 50.0 1 1 15:25 1:45
Jan 7 OTT@OTT 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:39 2:13
Jan 5 CLM 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:35 4:09
Jan 3 TOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 18:42 1:03
Jan 1 OTT 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 2 18:42 2:29
Dec 31 NJD@NJD 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 15:08 0:58
Dec 29 NJD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 0 20:55 4:01
Dec 27 NYI@NYI 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 17:54 5:13
Dec 23 TAM 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 16:15 3:12
Dec 21 PHI@PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 1 19:38 0:57
Dec 17 MON 1 0 1 -2 0 1 0 0 1 100.0 0 0 17:46 2:58
Dec 16 CAR@CAR 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 20:32 3:09
Dec 13 NYI@NYI 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 2 19:23 3:00
Dec 11 VAN 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 15:55 3:10
Dec 9 BUF@BUF 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 15:32 2:04
Dec 7 BOS 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 0 17:04 1:49
Dec 5 BUF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 19:29 2:58
Dec 3 TAM@TAM 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 19:37 5:37
Dec 1 NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 22:29 8:33
Nov 26 TOR@TOR 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 0 21:15 4:35
Nov 25 BUF 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 19:32 3:48
Nov 23 STL 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 1 1 19:55 3:17
Nov 20 CLM 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 3 33.3 2 0 16:59 1:16
Nov 18 DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 5 2 22:50 3:33
Nov 16 PIT 2 3 5 3 0 0 2 0 4 50.0 0 1 17:49 6:05
Nov 15 CLM@CLM 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 0 18:07 2:44
Nov 12 CAR@CAR 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 19:09 2:52
Nov 11 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 19:50 0:00
Nov 8 SAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 19:04 3:24
Nov 5 FLA 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 17:24 5:09
Nov 3 WPG 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 50.0 1 1 20:22 4:57
Nov 1 WPG@WPG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 18:12 3:20
Oct 30 CGY@CGY 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:23 1:26
Oct 29 VAN@VAN 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 0.0 0 0 16:59 1:29
Oct 26 EDM@EDM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 18:02 3:47
Oct 22 NYR 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 18:05 2:10
Oct 20 FLA@FLA 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 16:21 1:03
Oct 18 COL 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 1 0 16:27 2:49
Oct 15 NYI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 18:34 5:37
Oct 13 PIT@PIT 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 3 0 20:37 2:56

Nicklas Backstrom: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Backstrom finished the 2016-17 campaign with 23 goals and 86 points in 82 games.

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Backstrom was added to Team Sweden's World Championship roster Thursday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

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Backstrom scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh in Game 6 on Monday.

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Backstrom scored a goal and added an assist -- both on the power play -- during Monday's Game 3 win in overtime against Pittsburgh.

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Backstrom scored a goal and added a power-play assist during Saturday's Game 2 loss to Pittsburgh.

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Backstrom chipped in a pair of assists during Wednesday's Game 4 win over Toronto.

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Backstrom scored a goal and added an assist in the first period of Monday's Game 3 loss to Toronto.

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Backstrom scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 double-overtime loss to Toronto on Saturday night. It was his first postseason point.

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Backstrom posted an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.

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Backstrom dished out three assists -- two on the power play -- in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Wild.

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Backstrom's power-play assist from Tuesday's win over the Flames has been changed to a goal after further review by the NHL.

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Backstrom dished out three assists -- two on the power play -- in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Calgary.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017-18

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2016-17

A hip injury derailed the start of Backstrom’s season and he had to contend with the rise of fellow playmaking center Evgeny Kuznetsov, but the Swede still reached 70 points for the third straight year, dishing many of his assists to Alex Ovechkin, as usual. He also managed to hit 20 goals for the first time since 2009-10, though fantasy owners shouldn’t count on that to be repeated. With the 28-year-old set to start this season healthy, we’ll likely see a goal total in the high teens while Backstrom does his thing in the assist column, averaging around a point per game as usual. His production is sure to be tied rather directly to Ovechkin’s, which has been a great formula for both Capitals stars. Draft him early and enjoy the glorious consistency.

2015-16

So, who’s the best playmaker from the 2007-08 draft? Claude Giroux? Patrick Kane? Try Backstrom, and by a wide margin. In fact, Backstrom’s fifth among active NHL players in points per game -- behind only Sid the Kid, Geno, Ovie and Mr. Jagr himself. Seriously. Can you say "underrated"? Backstrom led the NHL in 2014-15 with 60 assists, half of which came on the power play, and he has 572 points in 577 NHL games. He underwent arthroscopic hip surgery in May that kept him off the ice until early August, but all reports point to him being ready for October. Even if he misses a couple of games to start the year, Backstrom will once again vie for the NHL’s playmaking title. You really can’t go wrong with him in the middle of the first round in a 12-team league. If he falls to you in the second because of the injury, you'll turn a tidy profit.

2014-15

Although he struggled at even strength like many of his teammates, Backstrom’s work on the power play helped him to turn in a solid campaign. With 38 power-play assists and 44 points on the man advantage, Backstrom led all NHLers in both categories. One of the better two-way players in the game, Backstrom's minus-20 rating should be considered an anomaly, as the talented playmaker should thrive as an all-around player under the new regime, and even merit Selke Trophy consideration this season. Though underwhelming as a goal scorer, Backstrom should still be one of the first centers off the board. He has point-per-game upside heading into 2014-2015, as he’ll once again play next to one of the game’s elite goal scorers in Alex Ovechkin.

2013-14

Backstrom scored just eight goals last season but ranked third in the league in assists with 40. He missed a considerable part of the 2011-2012 season with concussion issues and injuries are still a bit of a concern here. Keeping Backstrom healthy and fresh will be a major priority for Coach Adam Oates especially since this is an Olympic year and Backstrom can be expected to be a major part of Sweden’s National Team. The ubiquitous GEICO pitchman remains a solid source of points but don’t overpay, his highwater mark of 101 points way back in 2009-10 will be difficult to repeat.

2012-13

Backstrom has had two consecutive disappointing seasons after signing a large contract with the Capitals before the 2010-2011 season. He missed half of last season due to a concussion suffered in early January, but managed 44 points and 95 shots in 42 games. This fall, he may be a cheap buy due to his low totals last year, but don't wait too long. He's a tremendous playmaker and there are worse players than Alexander Ovechkin to have on your wing. Look for Backstrom's goals to be in the mid-20�s, shots in the upper 100�s, and points just shy of 100 if he stays healthy.

2011-12

Backstrom had his worst season as a pro last year and many critics say the big contract he received went to his head. With that lesson out of the way, look for the young pivot to get back on track and push the 100-point mark and 200-shot plateau. He also has only missed five games in his four-year career, which is something to keep in mind on draft day. If your opponents pass on him due to one down year, grab him and reap the benefits of having one of the top centers in the league.

2010-11

Backstrom continues to show why he is one of the league’s fastest rising stars. Not only did he collect 101 points (33 G, 68 A) in just his third NHL season, but like teammate Alex Ovechkin, Backstrom sinks a great deal of his shots taken per year: 12.6% average, to be exact. Something else to like about Backstrom is the fact that he has not missed a game in his three-year career. Draft him high and enjoy the ride as he often centers the league's top winger.

2009-10

Backstrom's second full season was somewhat of an encore of his rookie season. He posted 88 points (22G, 66A), which was 17 more than 2007-08. He showed how valuable he is to the team and the top line and how much potential he really has. He has a knack for setting up goals, having combined for 121 assists over the past two seasons. It helps when Ovechkin is one of your wingers, of course, but he is showing what he can do and is making a name for himself in the league. He tallied three goals and 12 assists in the 14 playoff games and should man the top line on the power play this season. The assist machine should benefit again with the line he plays with and has a great chance at cracking 100 points if he decides to shoot a little more.

2008-09

Backstrom got off to a slow start in his rookie campaign last season, but when second-line center Michael Nylander was lost for the season, he took advantage of his opportunity. The rookie turned into an assist machine, finishing the season with 55, while adding 14 goals and finishing with a plus 13 rating. He also saw significant time (4:02 per game) on the power play tallying 25 of his points on the advantage. He will likely man the top-line this season and continue to see significant power play time. Playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Viktor Kozlov for a full season increases his value tremendously. His upside is enormous and has the potential to put up 80 – 90 points.

2007-08

After being selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, the then-18-year-old Backstrom decided to spend one more year in the Swedish Elite League to gain some additional seasoning before making the leap across the pond to the NHL. He made a serious impression, leading one of the world’s top leagues in points for much of the season before finishing tops on his team with 40 points in 45 games. Backstrom then repeated his feats on the international stage at the World Junior Hockey Championships, leading the Swedish team and finishing 10th in the tournament with seven points in seven games. He'll likely center the Caps' second line alongside the talented Alexander Semin, and is a frontrunner for the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year.

2006-07

Backstrom, the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft, has loads of talent and should center the Caps' top line and skate alongside Alexander Ovechkin for years to come. Unfortunately for the Caps, Backstrom decided that he wouldn't start his NHL career this season, instead opting to stay in Sweden. If he's elibigle to be drafted in keeper leagues, he's a good one to hold onto for next season.

2005-06

Backstrom has been compared to fellow Swede Peter Forsberg. His offensive talents may be similar but he isn't the physical force Forsberg is. He makes tape-to-tape passes and has a zamboni full of hockey smarts. He'll be a fixture on the first line in Washington for a very long time, and his fantasy production will be forever linked to future linemate Alex Ovechkin.