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Though Alex Ovechkin may get the lion's share of the attention in Washington he is far from the only star on the team. Players like Mike Green, Alex Semin, Mike Knuble and Brooks Laich all help make Washington one of the league's deadliest offensive teams, however, no player outside of Ovechkin is as crucial to the fortunes of this team as Nicklas Backstrom is.
This quiet, unassuming Swedish center has not only met, but exceeded expectations of teammates, coaches and fans since joining the team for the 2007-08 season. Paired with Alex Ovechkin in much of the time since Backstrom has been the perfect complement to the flashy Russian superstar. While Ovie is a shooting machine, Backstrom, much like Joe Thornton in San Jose, plays with a pass-first mentality. This symbiotic relationship has allowed Backstrom and Ovie to form one of the league's deadliest duos.
Backstrom wasted no time establishing himself as an offensive threat in the NHL, notching 69 points in his rookie season. He has improved every year since and in 2009-10 joined Ovechkin in the 100 point club, tallying 101 that season.
This year, much like that of the entire Washington Capitals' team, has been a little worse than usual for Backstrom. Still, his 34 points in 36 games are certainly nothing to sneeze at, and if his linemate can find his scoring touch again look for those numbers to jump up substantially in the second half of the regular season.
Though he may not have the flash of Ovechkin, Backstrom remains one of the Capitals' most popular players. Look for Nicklas Backstrom Winter Classic jerseys to sell like hotcakes leading up to the eagerly anticipated January 1st game at Heinz Field.