Height: 6' 1", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 8.31.73 Edmonton, Alberta
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks, 8.4.05
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
As time was going on at the end of the 90s and into the new millennium, Niedermayer was becoming my favorite Devil.
He was showing the total package every game he played.
And he was a defenseman, which made him that much more valuable to the team.
He could have easily set a lot of offensive records for the Devils at his position, but he wasn't all about that. He also did
what he was supposed to do in his own end of the ice, and was an all-round general for the team, leading both on the ice
and in the locker room.
It definitely paid that he learned under a Hall-of-Famer in Scott Stevens. Ultimately, he went in the Hall himself.
I wasn't upset when he decided to sign with the Ducks prior to the 05-06 season. So he wanted to play with his brother
and possibly bring him a Cup as well, even going as far as taking less money to go. What's wrong with that?
Some fans griped that he dragged his feet into making that decision. Seeing how he handled the retirement self-debate in
07-08, they may have a point there.
It doesn't, nor shouldn't, take away what he meant to the Devils, though. I mean, it's enough to have his number retired
once he was definitely done with the game.
After he retired, he stayed with the Ducks as a consultant. A couple years later, he accepted his current position, special
|Entry Draft: 1991 First Round Pick (3rd overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise