Last January, I wondered which Cap had the second-best selling jersey at the team's practice facility shop. The answer was Nicklas Backstrom, which sort of surprised me.

Last February, which is the last time I saw numbers, the Caps still only had one player in the top 20 of NHL sales: Alex Ovechkin, at No. 2. (Though a reader points out that Ovechkin was also listed at No. 1 during part of the 2010 season.)

The situation has now changed. Out of nowhere, Backstrom has zoomed to No. 7 on the latest list, which was published this week by SportsBusiness Daily and based on the 2010-11 season.