Does Scott Niedermayer Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Obviously he does deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. The question is more, “where does he rank all time among great NHL defencemen?”

We discuss that here:

Career:

  • NHL: 1991-2010; 18 seasons, 17 quality
  • 172G, 568A (20th D All Time) for 740P (22nd D All Time), +167 in 1263 games; 25:21 ATOI (since 1997-98); 141 PS (15th D)
  • Niedermayer is 12th All Time in Defensive Point Shares
  • Niedermayer is 19th All Time in Offensive Point Shares among defencemen
  • Draft: In his draft year (1991), Niedermayer, drafted 3rd overall, is
    • 18th in Goals
    • 4th in Assists
    • 7th in Points
    • 3rd in Games Played
  • Era: Since only 3 D have played 1,250 games between 1991 and 2010, we have included forwards, so…Of the 8 players to play in at least 1250 games between 1991 and 2010, Niedermayer is
    • 7th (2nd last) in Goals, GPG, Points and PPG
    • 6th in Assists and APG
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus, Defensive Point Shares and Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 11G, 37A for 48P, +11
  • 3-year peak (2003-07): 82-game average of 14G, 49A for 63P, +12; 26:18 ATOI; 11.4 PS
  • Possession (since 2007-08):
    • 51.2% Corsi For
    • 0% Relative Corsi For
    • 50.1% Fenwick For
    • -0.8% Relative Fenwick For
  • Playoffs: 25G, 73A for 98P, +20 in 202 games (20th All Time)
  • Adjusted: 187G, 600A for 787P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 12G, 39A for 51P
  • Obviously Niedermayer is not in the Top 25 of any Adjusted PG category
  • Never traded.

Accomplishments:

  • Norris (‘04)
  • Conn Smythe (‘07)
  • Top 5 in Norris voting a further three times
  • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘04)
  • Best Defensive Player (by DPS) twice (‘95, ‘04), Top 5 three times (‘03), Top 10 five times (‘96, ‘07)
  • Scored 15 goals once
  • Tallied 50 assists twice, 40 assists five times
  • Scored 60 points twice, 50 points five times
  • Top 10 in Plus/Minus once
  • 1st Team All Star three times, 1st All Rookie, 2nd Team once
  • 5 All Star Game appearances
  • Three Stars:
    • Monthly 2nd Star once
    • Monthly 3rd Star once.

Great Teams:

  • MVP of one Champion (‘07 Ducks), Best Player (led playoffs in assists and points) on one Champion (‘03 Devils), Best D on one Final Four (‘06 Ducks), Best D (by points) on one Champion (‘95 Devils), Top 2 D on one Champion (‘00 Devils) and one Runner Up (‘01 Devils), Top 4 D (by points) on one Final Four (‘94 Devils)
  • Top 4? D (by points) on two Olympic Champions (‘02, ‘10 Canada)
  • Best D? (by points) on one World Cup Runner Up (‘96 Canada), Top 4? D (by points) on one World Cup Champion (‘04 Canada)
  • Best D? (by points) on one World Champion (‘04 Canada)
  • Role Player (by points) on one World Junior Champion (‘91 Canada)

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