TD Bank Facebook Twitter Instagram Bruins Mobile App
News
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Backstrom is top European in draft

Friday, 06.16.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Jeremy Lemoine  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


Backstrom is top European in draft
BOSTON - Nicklas Backstrom enters the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver as the top ranked European player on the Central Scouting Report. The flashy Swede has innate hockey sense and is projected to go somewhere in the top five.

Backstrom was named the Swedish Elite League’s rookie of the year after recording 10-16=26 totals in 46 games with Brynas in 2005-06. Backstrom also played two seasons with Brynas in Sweden’s elite junior league. There, he compiled a two-season total of 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points through 50 games.

The 6-foot, 183-pound center displays tremendous patience when carrying the puck. Patience seems to be the recipe for his precision passing and scoring touch. Backstrom’s game has been loosely compared to that of Peter Forsberg because of his tremendous passing ability and puck control.

“(Nicklas) Backstrom is a kid with very good vision on the ice and has excellent playmaking ability,” said Scott Bradley, Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting. “He was tagged as a bit underdeveloped for a while, but he played on the first line a bit in the World Championships for Sweden (in Latvia). He doesn’t seem to be underdeveloped anymore.”

The Galve, Sweden native dressed for four games at the World Championships to help Sweden win the World Championship gold medal. Although he only played four games in Latvia, the young 18-year-old impressed many scouts with his ability to compete.

Backstrom possesses leadership qualities, strong passion and desire to succeed. Those three attributes coupled with his hockey talents make him a commodity come June 24.

Look for him to make an impact in the NHL for years to come.

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 … played both junior and senior hockey with Brynas in 2004-05 … named best forward on Brynas in the Swedish league in 2005-06 … named best forward on Swedish Under-20 at World Junior Championships … named rookie of the year in the Swedish league 2005-06.
Coors Light - Official Partner of the Boston Bruins

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings