Joined: May 2017
Talking about a legend today, one of the 15 best players of all time, the best d-man of the 00s, 7 times Norris Trophy winner, the best shutdown d-man of all time, captain of the Detroit Red Wings for 6 seasons and member of the Triple Gold Club, NICK LIDSTROM.
Woah boy, how to summarize his career in just a few lines?
Drafted in the 3rd round (still can't believe that was a thing) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, his NHL career started in the 91-92 season, and he IMMEDIATELY became an elite 2 way d-man. His defensive play was second to none, his offense was elite throughout basically 99% of his career, he was an amazing leader and player, respected by his peers all throughout the league.
His best season came in the 05-06 season, when he put up 80 pts while still putting up ridiculous work and energy in his defensive game.
When Stevie Y retired in 2006 the RW had a natural successor for the «C», Nick Lidstrom. he took over that role, won a cup as captain while mentoring the player who would replace him as captain, Henrik Zetterberg.
Even during his final season, the 11-12 one, he was still the RW' best d-man at the late age of 41. His departure left a hole that couldn't be filled by anyone.
His career ended with 264 goals, 878 assists, 1142 pts in 1564 NHL games.
He is widely considered as being the 2nd best d-man of all time, only being someone named Bobby Orr. Don't know if you've heard of him.
As a pretty young adult, I wished I would've seen him play more...
RW fans, did I adequately described his career and what he meant to your team?