Nicklas Backstrom Notches 500th Career Assist


For years, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been one of the NHL’s most underrated playmakers and tonight, he put himself in the spotlight by recording his 500th career assist. 

By doing so, he becomes the first player in Capitals franchise history to reach that milestone, the first from the 2006 NHL draft to do so, and just the 10th Swedish-born player to record 500 assists.

To say congrats, NoVa Caps’ Emma Vonn Hoene created the following video:

Backstrom has always been an underrated playmaker in the NHL and for someone who was drafted sixth overall in 2006, that’s pretty unfortunate. In his rookie season in 2007-08, he finished second in Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) voting to Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane.

capitals-family-skate-kettler-nicklas-backstrom-jpgIn just his third season (2009-10), he recorded a career-high 101 points (33 goals, 68 assists) while helping the Caps finish the regular season as the best team in the NHL. Coming into this season, Backstrom had averaged 18 goals, 53 assists, and 71 points a season in his first nine season in the NHL.

Voted to his first NHL All-Star game last season, Backstrom has quietly become one of the NHL’s best all-around players, leading to teammates and Head Coach Barry Trotz vouching for him to be a candidate for the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward.

Backstrom’s 500th assist was a typical Backstrom assist: an unbelievably smooth, quick pass to a teammate’s stick. His ability to thread the needle is uncanny and shows his elite and unique talent. Already the Capitals’ franchise leader in assists, Backstrom is only 29, and it’s safe to assume that he will continue adding to that total for many years to come.

NoVa Caps congratulates Nicklas on his historical accomplishment!

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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