Nicklas Backstrom, the most underrated player in the entire league, is set to play in his 500th NHL career game. He was selected 4th overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft by the Washington Capitals. Backstrom signed a three year entry level deal with the Capitals and started his NHL career in 2007-2008.
Backstrom scored his first NHL point On October 5, an assist, of course, on a goal by fellow Swede Michael Nylander, against the Atlanta Thrashers. Backstroms career really picked up when fellow swede Nylander took a leave of absence due to an injury. Backstroms impressive vision, passing, and ability to maintain possession of the puck in traffic gave him the opportunity to play on the first line with Alex Ovechkin, little did anyone know that these two would create a chemistry that would last for years. Backstrom recorded 55 assists, and 14 goals in his first season, a total of 69 points. Backstrom was named ‘runner up’ to the Calder trophy behind now Blackhawks superstar, Patrick Kane. Backstrom’s point total would only increase the next two years, he led the NHL in assists with 66, earning a permanent spot on the Capitals first line.
At the end of the 2008-09 NHL season Backstrom was awarded a very prestigious Swedish national award, the Viking Award. The Viking Award was awarded to the best Swedish player in the NHL. Backstrom is only the second player from Washington to win the award, Calle Johansson was the first.
On October 18th, 2014, 2,576 days since his first NHL career game, Nicklas Backstrom is set to play in his 500th NHL game. During his 499 games in the National Hockey League Backstrom has recorded 128 goals and 371 assists a total of 499 points. Backstrom will have a rare opportunity to score his 500th point during his 500th NHL career game.
Maybe it’ll be setting up a goal for Ovi.