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Nicklas Backstrom - maybe the cutest child ever

Nicklas Backstrom - maybe the cutest child ever

Well? DID YOU?


Our final assignment for Monotype was to create a portfolio of images based on one theme. It wasn’t hard to pick what theme I wanted to do.

What was hard, however, was choosing what prints I wanted to make. I had so many ideas!! I decided to focus mainly on the face/portraiture.  What features make each player’s face unique? Is it Ovie’s smile? Neuvy’s eyes? Erskine’s handlebar moustache? We’re so obsessed with tracking goals and points that sometimes we lose track of the player’s expressions and what they physically look like under the helmet.

Originally the ‘folio was going to have 9 prints, but I had to cut two out for total of 7 because of time lost due to the power outage/Halloween snowstorm. :(

I put my heart and soul into these prints, and I’m so happy with how each one came out. Definitely a labour of love.


More offensive-zone faceoffs create more opportunities to score even-strength points according to the chart Caps’ Insider Neil Greenberg presents in this article. Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin have seen a rapid decrease in their amount of offensive-zone starts since the 2008-09 season, so it makes sense that they’ve all also had a decrease in points.

So how does the team help refuel these offensively-gifted stars productivity?

The likes of Brook Laich and Jeff Halpern are starters. These two can help ease pressure off Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom in the defensive zone, putting them in the best position to score. Also, Marcus Johansson is expected to develop and bring his game to the next level.

Coach Bruce Boudreau loves offensive-minded hockey and he will see more of this as he figures out how to get his best players in optimal scoring positions.

RMNB’s own Neil Greenberg dropping stats all up in your face. This article for the Washington Post is all about how taking face-offs in the offensive zone affects how many goals a player can score.

Earlier Tuesday, Nicklas Backstrom took the ice in Oskarshamn, Sweden and helped train a bunch of 10-year-olds. Above is the story in Swedish where interviews both Backstrom and one of the starry-eyed kids who participated.  Video via S/T to sashastolemyheart.

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Photo credit: Chris Gordon

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