June 05, 2012
Devils Advocates: Scott Niedermayer
The New Jersey Devils selected Scott Niedermayer with the third overall pick (acquired infamously several months before from Toronto in exchange for Tom Kurvers), directly behind Eric Lindros and Pat Falloon. Alright, no one was going to dislodge Lindros from the top spot that year, but in hindsight who would you rather have? And what was San Jose thinking?!
In the Devils tight, defense first system Niedermayer never really did emerge as a Coffey-like offensive force. Instead he became a great, well rounded defender. He still carried the puck often and occasionally using his wheels for a highlight reel rush.
Niedermayer was somewhat overshadowed in New Jersey by team captain Scott Stevens. Stevens defined New Jersey hockey with his hard hitting, defensive focus. Niedermayer's skill set may have offered the Devils a nice change up, but he was also a flawless defender and an unnoticed physical player in his own fashion.
All in all Scott Niedermayer was part of 3 Stanley Cup championships in New Jersey.
Read the full Scott Niedermayer biography
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