In this blog, we are going to talk about one of my favorite players, who is Nicklas Lidstrom, from the Detroit Red Wings. He retires from the NHL with 20 years of playing the game. Being a very late draft pick by the Wings and then turning into one of the greatest players in the game while adding to the rich history to Red Wings. He is a four-time Stanley Cup and seven time Norris winner, which three were in a row. He also won Conn Smythe, which is MVP in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is rare to see a player play for only one team.
Career Stats (Yahoo Sports Canada):
Year GP G A Pts +/- PIM Hits BkS PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
Career 1564 264 878 1142 450 514 146 253 132 458 10 30 35 3875 .068
This future Hall of Framer was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 in the Round 3rd, which was 53rd overall. Yet he was not a physical defense men. He is the smartest hockey player that I have ever saw without and with the puck. His plus/minus is 450 and only had one year where he was -2, which was 2010-2011. His highest plus/minus year was in 1993-1994, which was +43. I get it he played on some really good teams during his career, however most Hall of Fame careers has some lowest in the early and some very highs at the end. Red Wings in the 1990s were coming off years of bad hockey in the 1980s and they were building their team through the draft just like most smart teams in any sports.
In closing, I am not much of a number guy for any sports. They do tell a story but I just love watching the sport and the player. I love seeing what the player does without and with the puck or ball. I have to say Nicklas Lidstrom was a most interesting player to watch. He was always doing something on the ice to get the Red Wings in a better situation. He did his job very well and made it look too easy. Another fact that came out of his retirement, this will be first time in 30 years we Red Wings Fans and NHL fans will see a Detroit Red Wings team without Yzerman and Lidstrom on it. Wings will never be able to replace him like they cannot replace a Steve Y, however, the Wings future is very bright. To finally close, it was honor to watch Nicklas Lidstrom grow into one of the greatest players in the game. I am glad I lived in this era of NHL hockey to see it. Good Luck #5 and Thank you for all the awesome memories! Enjoy it! Drink it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser