“Backs is an unbelievable player.”
—All-Star Alexander Ovechkin

"If I play without him, maybe I don't get too many points, maybe I don't get too many goals.”

“He is one of those guys that just thinks the game really well, and he is always dangerous on the ice.”
—Teammate Karl Alzner

“Nicky is calm and relaxed. Still a little shy, but a great kid.”
—Teammate Gey Ruegamer

"He's going to be a great quarterback for a long time in this league.”
—Teammate Brooks Laich

"Nick is going to be a very big leader.”
—Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau

"Nicklas has developed into one of the finest centers in this league.”
—Capitals GM George McPhee

“He’s a winner ... he’s an excellent teammate. His teammates respect him and like him a lot. His parents have done a heck of a job.”

“He has good skills and is someone who knows his way around the rink.”
—Former Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon

"We wanted to break him in slowly. Realistically, I thought it might take a little bit longer. But his hockey sense is off the charts.”

“He's always had the offensive skill. But now he's also developing some defensive skills, which is making him a complete player.”
Swedish National Team Coach Bengt Gustafsson


Alexander Ovechkin,
2008 Upper Deck


Bruce Boudreau, 1979 Topps

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