Lars Nicklas Bäckström (born 23 November 1987) is a Swedish professional ice hockey center and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Bäckström's father Anders is a known Swedish hockey player who played his whole hockey career for Brynäs IF, totaling 10 seasons for the club. Nicklas' older brother Kristoffer is also a hockey player, but in the second tier of the Swedish league system with Hammarby IF.
Bäckström was a top prospect in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and was selected fourth overall by the Washington Capitals. With that, he became the fourth-highest drafted Swede, after Mats Sundin (first), Daniel Sedin (second) and Henrik Sedin (third). Victor Hedman was later picked second in 2009.