During the NHL European Media Tour in early August, Capitals first-line center Nicklas Backstrom sat down with NHL.com’s Peter Sibner and spoke about the upcoming season. Despite losing more talent than any other team in the NHL, Backstrom remains optimistic about next season.
“[W]e have high expectations about ourselves too. We want to keep pushing forward. It was a tough end to the season last year and we’ve had a couple of them. But someday we will break that curse.”
The Capitals have never advanced past the second round during the Alex Ovechkin era and have lost 10 of 11 postseason series all-time against Metropolitan Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Backstrom also has high hopes in Swedish prospect Christian Djoos who impressed at the AHL level last year as well as top forward prospect Jakub Vrana.
The full interview, as translated by Magnus Cadelin, is below.