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Nicklas Backstrom

27-Year-Old Center – Washington Capitals

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

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...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Hip    EST. RETURN:  9/30/2015
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 208   DOB: 11/23/1987
BORN: Gavle, Sweden   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2006   Show ContractHide Contract

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Nicklas Backstrom Contract Information:

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

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Head coach Barry Trotz said "all indications" have Backstrom (hip) skating by training camp, but it's "up in the air" as to whether he will be cleared to play at the start of the season, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

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Nicklas Backstrom NHL Stats
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  Overall Power Play Defense
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 3:42 69 64
2011-12 23 NHL WAS 42 14 30 44 -4 24 95 14.7 4 0 19:10 3 16 19 4:17 31 25
2012-13 24 NHL WAS 48 8 40 48 8 20 82 9.8 1 0 19:54 3 15 18 3:54 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 3:29 91 52
2014-15 Proj 26 NHL WAS 82 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Nicklas Backstrom

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Nicklas Backstrom – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Center
  1. Nicklas Backstrom  OUT
  2. Evgeny Kuznetsov
  3. Brooks Laich
  4. Jay Beagle
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Time On Ice Stats

20:32

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for 20:32.

3:29

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for 3:29 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 19:54 3:54
2013-14 19:48 3:40
2014-15 20:32 3:29

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Nicklas Backstrom 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
May 13 at NYR 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 23:38 3:39
May 10 NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 23:33 5:27
May 8 at NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 25:02 2:06
May 6 NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 19:54 1:10
May 4 NYR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 4 20:20 1:33
May 2 at NYR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 21:28 0:00
Apr 30 at NYR 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 5 0 20:03 1:30
Apr 27 NYI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 1 18:21 0:00
Apr 25 at NYI 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 1 21:30 3:23
Apr 23 NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 18:49 3:16
Apr 21 at NYI 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 2 2 25:19 1:36
Apr 19 at NYI 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 3 24:40 4:11
Apr 17 NYI 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 4 25.0 2 1 18:59 0:54
Apr 15 NYI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 20:45 2:29
Apr 11 NYR 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 0 19:26 0:55
Apr 8 BOS 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 2 19:49 3:17
Apr 5 at DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 2 21:12 3:39
Apr 4 at OTT 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 23:23 1:09
Apr 2 at MON 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 23:42 3:13
Mar 31 CAR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 18:00 0:00
Mar 29 at NYR 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 1 0 20:12 3:57
Mar 28 NSH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 0 23:15 2:24
Mar 26 NJ 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 20:11 1:02
Mar 21 at WPG 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 3 20:01 3:33
Mar 19 at MIN 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 21:17 5:29
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Mar 16 at BUF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 1 22:58 2:10
Mar 15 BOS 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 2 2 20:31 0:16
Mar 13 DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 1 20:33 2:53
Mar 11 NYR 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 18:38 3:47
Mar 7 BUF 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 18:50 2:43
Mar 5 MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 18:23 0:00
Mar 3 at CLS 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 21:12 2:44
Mar 1 TOR 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 17:37 2:33
Feb 27 at CAR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 0 21:29 1:53
Feb 25 PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 24:16 8:18
Feb 22 at PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 0 21:20 6:05
Feb 21 NYI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 21:38 1:15
Feb 19 WPG 2 1 3 0 0 2 1 0 5 40.0 0 0 17:59 6:03
Feb 17 at PIT 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 0.0 2 2 23:03 5:50
Feb 15 at ANH 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 17:46 3:45
Feb 14 at LA 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 19:44 2:09
Feb 11 at SJ 0 2 2 -1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 18:47 2:17
Feb 8 PHI 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 1 0 19:49 5:58
Feb 6 ANH 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 18:57 1:29
Feb 5 at OTT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 18:39 0:47
Feb 3 LA 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 1 1 18:28 3:02
Feb 1 STL 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 0 22:28 5:32
Jan 31 at MON 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 23:44 6:15
Jan 28 PIT 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 5 0.0 0 0 17:52 4:01
Jan 27 at CLS 0 1 1 -1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 18:14 2:40
Jan 20 EDM 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 1 19:35 1:57
Jan 17 at DAL 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 1 22:09 2:54
Jan 16 at NSH 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 3 3 21:21 2:30
Jan 14 PHI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 19:43 2:33
Jan 12 COL 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 1 1 19:45 4:17
Jan 10 DET 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 20:05 1:58
Jan 8 at PHI 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 0 2 20:26 3:08
Jan 7 at TOR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 18:00 2:15
Jan 4 FLA 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 0 18:55 2:26
Jan 1 CHI 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 21:41 3:06
Dec 29 at NYI 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 0 18:40 4:27
Dec 27 at PIT 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 0 23:24 5:11
Dec 23 at NYR 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 19:39 5:01
Dec 22 OTT 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 2 50.0 2 1 22:41 5:01
Dec 20 at NJ 2 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 100.0 1 0 20:08 3:59
Dec 18 at CLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 21:33 3:36
Dec 16 at FLA 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 0 0 19:21 1:38
Dec 13 TB 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 4 75.0 0 0 18:57 4:54
Dec 11 CLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 22:42 7:44
Dec 9 at TB 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 16:52 1:56
Dec 6 at NJ 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 17:46 2:23
Dec 4 at CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 2 19:32 2:34
Dec 2 VAN 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 0 21:28 1:30
Nov 29 at TOR 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 1 19:56 4:20
Nov 28 NYI 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 19:00 1:13
Nov 26 at NYI 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 0 1 0.0 3 0 21:22 1:16
Nov 22 BUF 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 4 1 21:56 0:28
Nov 20 at COL 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 100.0 0 1 21:39 0:54
Nov 18 at ARI 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 21:26 5:02
Nov 15 at STL 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 20:11 0:00
Nov 14 NJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 0 21:22 5:48
Nov 11 CLS 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 2 2 18:50 5:47
Nov 8 CAR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 0 22:39 2:35
Nov 7 at CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 0 24:13 0:00
Nov 4 CGY 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1 0 3 33.3 0 0 21:27 3:12
Nov 2 ARI 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 1 23:17 2:47
Nov 1 at TB 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 0 21:13 1:53
Oct 29 DET 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 20:57 6:32
Oct 26 at VAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 0 21:58 2:13
Oct 25 at CGY 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 19:58 2:02
Oct 22 at EDM 0 1 1 -1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 3 1 19:54 2:11
Oct 18 FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 20:33 1:15
Oct 16 NJ 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 0 1 17:44 4:31
Oct 14 SJ 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 1 0.0 4 1 23:25 2:41
Oct 11 at BOS 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 1 19:49 2:59
Oct 9 MON 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 22:53 4:23

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

GM Brian MacLellan said last week that he is hopeful Backstrom (hip) will be ready to play by the start of the coming season, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. "He should be [ready] more than likely. ... He'll start the year, I'm counting on [it]," McLellan said. "I think his hip surgery went well. He'll be close to starting the year, it looks like. ... I know [from] talking to the trainer and the doctor that everything's gone well, they expect the rehab to go well. Optimistically, I'd say I'm hoping he's coming back for training camp."

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Backstrom (hip) has returned to Sweden and may be facing a rehab period of five months, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.

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Backstrom underwent arthroscopic hip surgery Wednesday afternoon, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

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Backstrom registered an assist on Joel Ward's game-winning goal in Thursday's Game 1 victory over the Rangers.

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Backstrom scored Game 4's winning goal in the third period and added an assist Tuesday in a 2-1 victory over the Islanders.

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Backstrom scored his second goal of the playoffs in Sunday's Game 3 overtime loss to the Islanders.

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Backstrom scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists in Friday's Game 2 win over the Islanders.

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Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Bruins.

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Backstrom collected an assist on Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal during Washington's 5-4 overtime win against Montreal on Thursday.

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Backstrom collected an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.

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Backstrom picked up two assists in Sunday's win over the Bruins.

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Backstrom (illness) will play Wednesday against the Rangers.

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2014-15

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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.