JockBio Vital Stats
  • Washington Capitals • Center • #19
  • Height: 6' 1"
• Weight: 210 • Born: 11/23/87
  • When Nicklas couldn’t get ice time as a boy, he played floor hockey in his school gym.
  • Nicklas was Sweden’s Junior Hockey Player of the Year in 2006.
  • Nicklas made Sweden’s 2006 World Championship team when Daniel Alfredsson was injured. By the end of the tournament he was playing on the team ’s first line.
  • When Nicklas was drafted fourth in 2006, only three other Swedes had been taken higher than him in the NHL draft—Mats Sundin and the Sedin brothers.
  • Nicklas had seven assists in seven games at the 2007 Junior World Championships, and he had a goal and five assists at the World Championships.
  • Nicklas led all NHL rookies with 55 assists in 2007–08. His total of 66 assists a season later was the third-highest in the NHL. 
  • In 2009-10, Nicklas became the fourth Capital to reach triple-digits in points during the regular season. The others were Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Gartner and Dennis Maruk.
  • At the end of 2009–10, Nicklas was the top scorer among the players taken in the 2006 NHL draft. He also stood third all-time in points per game among Swedish players, behind Peter Forsberg and Kent Nilsson.
  • Nicklas played for Sweden at the 2010 Olympics. The Swedes were upset by Slovakia and finished out of medal consideration. Nicklas had six points in four games.
  • Nicklas was the first NHL rookie to have back-to-back four-assist games.
  • Nicklas had his first mutiple-point NHL game on his 20th birthday. It was also Bruce Boudreau’s debut as Washington coach.
  • Nicklas (+37 in 2009-10) is among the five Capitals to lead the league in +/–. The others were Jeff Schultz (+50), Alexander Ovechkin (+45), Mike Green (+39) and Alexander Semin (+36.
  • Nicklas played in every Caps game during his first three NHL seasons.
  • In 2007, Nicklas threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. It was the first baseball game he had ever attended.
  • Nicklas trained to become a carpenter as a teenager.





Dennis Maruk, 1981 OPC



Peter Forsberg,
1997 Starting Lineup

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