#4 Nicklas Backstrom
Yes the best passer in the game has made it onto this list as the fourth best goal scorer in Washington Capitals history. Nicklas Backstrom, in addition to his playmaking assists, has also had his share of highlight reel goals. Like Ovechkin, Backstrom has recently achieved the milestone of playing in 1,000 games. Backstrom now enters the season 20 points away from 1,000 career points.
Backstrom’s rookie season saw him make an immediate impact and he would later get paired on the top line with Ovechkin. He finished that season with 14 goals and 55 assists for a nice 69 points. The next year he added 22 goals and 66 assists for 88 points.
Backstrom really broke out in the 2009-10 season like a majority of that Presidents’ Trophy winning team. He scored 33 goals and added 68 assists for 101 points. His goal numbers would start to dip the next several seasons but one thing that remained constant were his apples.
Last season, Backstrom finished with 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points while playing in all but one game. Not too shabby for a shortened season. In his career so far, Backstrom has recorded 258 goals and 722 assists for 980 points. Like I pointed out earlier, he is on his way to 1,000 career points and will likely get it this season. The question is how soon?