Greatest Players Drafted – 3rd Overall

Scott Niedermayer

Drafted: 3rd overall (1st round), 1991, New Jersey Devils
Amateur Team: Kamloops Blazers
Born: August 31st, 1973 in Edmonton, Alberta
Position: Defence
Teams: NJD, ANA
Number: 27
Shoots: Left

Career Statistics

Regular Season                     Playoffs

GP: 1263                                GP: 202
Goals: 172                             Goals: 25
Assists: 568                          Assists: 73      
Points: 740                            Points: 98   
Goals/Game: 0.136               Goals/Game: 0.124 
Assists/Game: 0.450            Assists/Game: 0.361 
Points/Game: 0.586              Points/Game: 0.485                    

Awards/Honours

2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
4x Stanley Cup Champion
1x Conn Smythe Trophy winner
1x James Norris Memorial Trophy winner
3x NHL First All-Star Team
1x NHL Second All-Star Team
1992-93 NHL All-Rookie Team
5x NHL All-Star


Honourable Mention: Denis Savard (1980, CHI), Pat LaFontaine (1983, NYI)

This was a bit of a challenge to pick, since both Savard and LaFontaine had great careers, and were both extremely productive. Both were much better than a point-per-game, and LaFontaine managed to put up over 1000 points despite his career being cut very short by concussion issues. But Niedermayer is the pick for me because not only was he a consistent point producer from the blue line, there was also a stretch in the mid-2000s where he was arguably the best defenceman in the game. He was, if not the most important, then at the very least the second most important piece in the mini-New Jersey dynasty of the late-90s/early-00s. The guy was a winner, everywhere he went, at every level he played.