NHL Draft Prospect Report: Nicklas Backstrom
Birthdate: Nov. 23, 1987
2005-06 Club: Brynas (SWE)
Central Scouting Report:
A mobile good skater with acceleration, speed and balance … incredible hockey sense and hands … a solid all-around player with terrific over-all skill level … good offensive talent, excellent playmaker and passer … a natural scorer with a quick release and a good selection of shots … smooth hands … effective at face-offs … a creative offensive talent with excellent work ethic … finesse player who can play tough, can take and give a hit … has a very good attitude, comes out to play on every shift … in excellent shape, but does need more strength … could improve on first step quickness … named best forward on Swedish Under-20 at World Junior Championships … named rookie of the year in the Swedish league 2005-06.