Nicklas Backstrom grew up in Sweden watching his favorite player, Peter Forsberg, dazzle the NHL with remarkable passing. That was Forsberg's calling card, even as teammates and coaches knew he had a wicked shot.

Backstrom insists he doesn't try to play like Forsberg, but the 23-year-old center has many of the same characteristics - such as the innate ability to find a teammate for what should be an easy goal. Reminders are often necessary with a guy such as Backstrom, whose game can be so well-rounded.