Nicklas Backstrom 19 | Center

Washington Capitals

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Thu. Apr 17, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Backstrom will not play for Team Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus, according to a report in Svenska Dagbladet. Impact: Team Sweden bench boss Par Marts said Backstrom declined the invitation due to family reasons. Backstrom has had an impressive but emotional season of hockey this year. He led the NHL with 44 power-play points, tying with Alexander Ovechkin to lead the Caps with 79 points while playing in all 82 games this year. Those accomplishments bookended an Olympic campaign that ended when Backstrom was held out of the gold-medal game against Canada for failing a drug test due to allergy medication, and would have to wait weeks to ultimately be awarded the silver medal. After that roller coaster ride ended with the Capitals missing the playoffs, one could hardly blame the Gavle native for wanting to spend a little time away from the game. Although the Capitals likely face a turbulent offseason, Backstrom remains one of the safest options at his position in all of fantasy hockey. His minus-20 performance should be viewed as an anomaly, and as long as he is getting consistent playing time with the likes of Ovechkin, there's no reason to believe he won't produce solid totals next season. Look for Backstrom to be one of the first centers taken in all formats during next season's fantasy drafts.(RotoWire, )
Fri. Apr 11, 2014
News: Backstrom grabbed a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 shutout over Chicago, giving him three goals in the last three games. Impact: Backstrom and the Caps have defeated Chicago and St. Louis in the last week after they were eliminated from playoff contention. Backstrom is one point away from hitting 80 for the season and remains one of the league's most consistent playmakers and a tremendous bet for assists and power-play points, as 38 of his 61 assists have come on the man advantage. That minus-20 rating isn't appealing, but Backstrom's numbers are worth the hit.(RotoWire, )
Wed. Apr 9, 2014
News: Backstrom notched his second multi-goal game of the season with two scores in Tuesday's win at St. Louis. Impact: Backstrom has six goals and 18 assists over his last 22 games.(STATS, 5:36pm)
Nicklas Backstrom
2013-14 Season
G
18
A
61
PTS
79
+/-
-20
Bio
Ht: 6' 1"  Wt: 208  Age: 26
Born: 11/23/1987, Gavle, Sweden
Shoots: left
Drafted: 2006 - Rd 1
(4th overall by the Capitals)
Injury Status
No Current Injury
Depth Chart
1. Nicklas Backstrom
2. Jay Beagle
3. Evgeny Kuznetsov
4. Marcus Johansson