Nick Backstrom Named to Swedish Olympic Team

Ice Hockey - Day 10 - Sweden v Finland

Photo: Bruce Bennett

Sweden has released its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and a familiar face is right in the middle. Caps center Nick Backstrom shares the roster with the Sedin twins, Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Zetterberg, and Daniel Alfredsson. Marcus Johansson did not make the roster.

From the Caps:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 7, 2014

Nicklas Backstrom Named to Swedish Olympic Team

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will represent Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Sweden head coach Pär Mårts announced his team’s 25-man roster today.

Backstrom, 26, will be making his second Olympic appearance. The 6’1”, 208-pound center represented Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., registering six points (one goal, five assists) in four games. The Gavle, Sweden, native has represented his country in six major international events, participating in three World Championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two World Junior Championships (2006, 2007), and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Backstrom has collected 46 points (10 goals, 36 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Capitals this season. He ranks tied for seventh in the NHL in points (46), fourth in assists (36) and first in power-play points (25) and power-play assists (22). Since Backstrom entered the NHL in 2007-08, only three players have collected more assists (Henrik Sedin, Joe Thornton, Martin St. Louis). In addition, Backstrom leads all Swedish born players in points this season.

Backstrom will join Capitals teammate John Carlson (United States) at the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia.

Here’s the complete roster via IIHF.com (which is getting hammered right now):

Goalkeepers:
Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (NHL)

Defencemen:
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Jonathan Ericsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Johnny Oduya, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo Sabres (NHL)

Forwards:
Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Nicklas Bäckström, Washington Capitals (NHL)
Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Jimmie Ericsson, Skellefteå AIK (SWE)
Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins (NHL)
Johan Franzén, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Carl Hagelin, New York Rangers (NHL)
Marcus Krüger, Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)

  • JessHughes

    That is a good team.

  • Brackaphobia

    Holy expletive batman. That sure looks like a gold medal team to me.

    Still think Mojo should be in there though.

  • Shaun Phillips

    If any forward is injured come Olympics, I bet he gets added. Not sure who you take out of this roster to make room for him though. But yeah, Sweden is loaded.

  • johnnymorte

    The only team in the tournament with no weaknesses.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I did a ton of research on Mojo and the OLY that wasn’t fit to print, but I’ll share it here. Basically, he didn’t stand a chance at C or left wing. Carl Hagelin, Jakob Silfverberg, Marcus Kruger, and Gabriel Landeskog were all in front of him at left.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Know there’s no Caps on it, but thoughts on the Canadian roster just announced?

    luongo, price, smith

    bouwmeester, doughty, hamhuis, keith, pietrangelo, subban, vlasic, weber

    benn, bergeron, carter, crosby, duchene, getzlaf, kunitz, marleau, nash, perry, sharp, stamkos, tavares, toews

  • Guest

    luongo, price, smith

    bouwmeester, doughty, hamhuis, keith, pietrangelo, subban, vlasic, weber

    benn, bergeron, carter, crosby, duchene, getzlaf, kunitz, marleau, nash, perry, sharp, stamkos, tavares, toews

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    No St Louis or Giroux. Crazy.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I don’t get the Marleau inclusion at all. Not over St Louis and especially without Jumbo Joe.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Yeah, totally.

    And Kunitz. WTF.

  • Freedoooom

    People keep praising this team.

    Their only goal scoring forward is only a fluky streak and may even miss the Olympics with a concussion, Steen.

    On top of that, Lundqvist isn’t putting up average numbers. His sv% is .906.

    Its also annoying when MoJo doesn’t make the roster when there is several players that aren’t better then him and they don’t have chemistry with Backstrom.

  • Shaun Phillips

    That one I at least understand given his chemistry with Crosby. Same goes for Sharp/Toews. Also, the defense isn’t scary at all. Weber is going to be a pylon on the big ice.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Alfie’s been solid this year as a goal scorer, Zetterberg has been putting up good numbers (pt/gm), Sedins never disappoint. Throw in Silfverberg, Franzen, and Landeskog and you’ve got a pretty potent offense. Yeah Lundy hasn’t been his normal self, but the rangers haven’t exactly been stellar in front of him. Also, I think this is the best defense for the tourney. Good skaters/puck movers. This team is built for the large ice.

  • Ben Reed

    “Jimmie Ericsson, Skellefteå AIK (SWE)”

    Dafuq is that?

  • Hockey mom

    I hope they post some good helmet-less photos of this team! :)

  • Shaun Phillips

    Jonathan’s brother. Most recent winner of the Swedish League’s golden puck (aka Swedish Hart Trophy).

  • Red

    That’s a scary roster. All-star front to back. Swede monster roster.

  • Red

    You’re looking at the only guy on that list who’s not a millionaire. Poor bastard.

  • http://kaugesaar.se/ Victor Kaugesaar

    You could argue that he probably is the best 2-way forward in SHL. Can take on more or less any role PK, PP, in front of net. Me my self would rather see Mojo or Zibanejad taking his spot.

  • Pat Magee

    They will win the gold on looks alone. lol

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    Goaltending… King Henrik isn’t exactly warm.

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    Oh, so Franzen, Haglin and Daniel Sedin aren’t goal scorers?

    Okay… anywhoozle, this is a team that will medal and likely compete for gold against our neighbours to the north.

  • Bob

    pretty comfortable saying that Nicklas Backstrom wearing the 3 crowns is a thing of beauty.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Isn’t Steen concussed?

  • Chris Cerullo

    Beatable. #USA

  • Bob

    id say him being only 23 and not even in his prime, he will be on the next olympic team

  • BenRangel

    Yep. The coach said that he chose an optimistic approach where he starts off with the best players, even if it’s not 100% sure they will be able to play, and then replaces them later if they still are injured.

    Losing Steen is one of our biggest fears. Since Louie Ericsson is also injured both of our best natural goal scorers are in danger.

  • BenRangel

    A classic move by swedish coaches is to include one guy from the swedish league, since they know they will satisfy for limited playing time and do some dirty work without complaining. That, and to piss fans off.

    There are quite l lot of discussions on wether Hörnqvist or MoJo should’ve stole that spot. They can both play in the 4th as well as PP.

    But we’re mostly happy that there weren’t 2 SHL guys on the team.
    Joel Lunqvist, Henrik’s brother, was also considered for a spot on the 4th line. That would’ve made people furious.

  • BenRangel

    Our biiggest fear (besides Henrik being cold) would be the injuries to Louie and Steen, that would leave us without any really stellar goal scorers.

  • BenRangel

    We’re quite pleased with this team in Sweden. There are som debate over why Brodin (a favourite from the last championship), Hedman, MoJo and Hörnqvist were left out in favor of guys like Tallinder (picked for being a fun geezer to have warming the bench), Jimmie Ericsson and Edler (who will miss the first 2 games). Other than that, most of us agree that it’s a stellar team. Some are wining about Lerner not being included, but who cares about the 3rd goalie?

    However, we’re quite pessimistic about our chances. Russia and Canada are actually considered big favourites.

  • Marky Narc

    Aaron Volpatti #snub

  • Marky Narc

    True, but if Lundqvist is your “weak link”, that a gosh-darned good team you’ve got there.

  • JH

    I think Sweden has to be the favorite. They’re loaded front to back with no obvious weaknesses. I think the big ice favors the Euros over the North Americans, all other things being equal – would be surprised if Canada or US do better than bronze. Russia has the advantage of home ice but it also faces monumental pressure and questions about whether it can gel as a team, as it did not do in Vancouver. The KHL presence on the roster seems to include some pretenders. I think the Finns, Czechs, and Slovaks will be tough, especially on big ice. But Sweden seems golden.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Outside of the top line or two, Russia doesn’t scare me at all. Just worried about them getting some home cooking from the refs as that PP will be lethal.

    Canada doesn’t scare me as much as I thought they would. Their offense should be great (not as good as it could be), but I think they have some very big questions on the defense with the big ice.

    You guys are built for the big ice. Should be a lot of fun.