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Nicklas Backstrom drawing Peter Forsberg comparisons

May 7, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT


Over the last few years, Nicklas Backstrom‘s received the kind of accolades most Swedish players can only dream of.

He’s been tagged as the best young Tre Kronor in the NHL and, in 2009, won the prestigious Viking Award, given annually to the best Swedish player in North America.

But now that he’s in the midst of Washington’s compelling playoff run, he’s receiving arguably the highest honor a Swedish hockey player can get:

Comparisons to Peter Forsberg.

“I know that Nicky likes playing like Forsberg and he likes that style,” Troy Brouwer told CSN Washington. “He’s a big boy and a strong kid so he can create a lot of space for himself.”

It was this play in particular — during Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Rangers — that Backstrom’s teammates making Foppa remarks:

The art of hitting the opponent before the opponent hits you is classically Forsbergian, something Caps forward Jason Chimera noted.

“I think [Backstrom] took a page out of Forsberg’s book,” Chimera said. “Usually, guys don’t expect to get hit when they’re trying to hit a guy with the puck.

“He’s done that a lot. That’s why we don’t go after him at practice.”

If there’s one guy that knows first-hand what it’s like to face Forsberg, it’s Caps head coach Dale Hunter. The pair played against each other and were teammates in Hunter’s final season (he was traded to Colorado at the 1999 trade deadline and helped the Avs get to the Western Conference final.)

Hunter says he sees the similarities between Backstrom and Forsberg.

“He’s strong on his feet and he’s got great balance,” Hunter said. “Forsberg did it a few times to me, so I’d go in very slowly against him.”

  1. rainyday56 - May 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    What? Because he’s injured a lot?

    • ravenscaps48 - May 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      That wasn’t nice!… Injured a lot? Because of a cheap shot elbow from Rene Bourque this year that sidelined him for half of the season and a Slash that broke his fingers from Kris Letang last season that had him playing one handed for the last 15 Games of the season…. Always Injured?… You’re a smart fella

    • sumthinsweet - May 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Hey DUMMY…. Learn alittle about the guy before writing something thats completely un-true. He never missed a game before the concussion even with broken fingers last year. Hes actually one of the best players in the game snd one of the smartest… Your an idiot and obviously know nothing about hockey

  2. spavs412 - May 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    As a pens fan he is the only cap I like.

    • movinonyoleft - May 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Shouldn’t you be on Golf Talk then?

  3. hiltonandastoria - May 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    He’s not as strong as Forsberg but that play was totally awesome and so Forsbergian

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Mikko Koivu had a hit like that this year too on some Red Wing. It was beautiful.

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