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Rögle BK are pleased to be able to select one of the elite defensemen in this draft. This guy is elite offensively and defensively, and he may just be the most intelligent player in NHL history. Please welcome……




Nicklas Lidstrom!!!

Awards and Achievements:
4 x Stanley Cup Champion (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008)
6 x Stanley Cup Finalist (1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2009)

Conn Smyth Trophy (2002)
7 x Norris Trophy (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011)

11 x First Team All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011)
Second Team All-Star (2009, 2010)

Hart Voting – 4th(2008), 6th(2007), 7th(2006), 8th(2003), 9th(2000), 10th(2001)
Norris Voting – 2nd(1998), 2nd(1999), 2nd(2000), 3rd(2009), 6th(1996), 6th(1997), 6th(2004), 7th(1994)

Scoring:
Assists – 4th(2000), 4th(2002), 5th(2008), 6th(2006), 9th(2001)

Points among Defensemen – 1st(1998), 1st(2000), 1st(2003), 1st(2006), 1st(2008), 2nd(1999), 2nd(2001), 2nd(2011), 3rd(1992), 3rd(1997), 3rd(2004), 3rd(2009) 5th(1996), 5th(2007) 8th(1994), 9th(2010)

Play-off Points – 3rd(1998), 4th(2007), 7th(2009), 8th(1995), 8th(2002)
Play-off Assists – 2nd(1998), 3rd(2007) 6th(1995), 6th(2002), 7th(2009), 10th(1999) 10th(2008)

Play-off Points among Defensemen – 1st(1998), 1st(2002), 1st(2007), 1st(2009), 2nd(1995) 4th(1996), 4th(2008), 7th(1999), 7th(2001), 7th(2004), 9th(1997)

International Achievements:
Olympic Gold Medal (2006)
World Championship (1991)
IIHF All-Star (2006)
2 x Top scoring defenseman at Olympics (2002, 2006)

Records:
NHL
First European-born and trained Norris Trophy winner (2000–01).
First European-born and trained Conn Smythe Trophy winner (2001–02).
Fourth defenseman (and first European-born and trained defenseman) in NHL to win James Norris Memorial Trophy three years running (2001–2003, 2006–2008), and third seven-time Norris Trophy winner.
First European-born and trained captain of a Stanley Cup-winning team (2008).
First European-born and trained defenseman to reach 1000 points.
First European-born player, any position, to play over 1500 games.
Sixth defenseman (and 28th player overall) to reach 855 career assists.
Most regular season games played by a player born in Europe, any position (1494).
Most regular season games played by a defenseman in a career spent with only one team (1494), also third all-time league-wide and with the Red Wings (any position).
Most regular season wins played in (900).
Active leader in games played, any position (1500).
Oldest player ever to record his first hat trick (40 years old)
Oldest defenseman ever to record a hat trick (40 years old)
Oldest Norris Trophy winner (41 years, 57 days) (2010–2011)

Detroit Red Wings
Points by a defenceman, season (2005–06, 80).
Postseason goals by a defenceman, career (54).
Postseason points by a defenceman, career (183).
Postseason assists, career (129).
Postseason games played, career (258).
Games played by a defenceman, career (1500).
Goals, assists, and points by a defenceman, career (253, 855, and 1108).
Points in a single postseason (1998, 19).
Goals in a single postseason by a defenceman (1998, 6).
Best postseason plus/minus, career (+61).
Best regular season plus/minus, career (+429).

In 2007 "The Hockey news" awarded him the best european all-time in the NHL.
In the end of 2009 Nicklas Lidstrom was awarded "the decade's best NHL player' of several prestigious magazines like" Sports Illustrated "," The Sporting News "and" The Hockey News ".
Lidström has a street named after him in Detroit.

The Hockey News: The Best of Everything Hockey AwardsBest Defenseman
Most Respected Player
Best Power Play Point Man
Highest Panic Threshold

Runner-up for Best Leader


Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey News: The Best of Everything Hockey
Yes, he’ll likely finish his career as one of the five highest scoring blueliners ever, but it’s the angles he plays on defense, the extra second he takes to explore passing outlets and the escapability he had defending the forecheck that separate him from the rest of the pack.

All of those skills are based on Lidstrom’s innate ability to calmly and rationally survey the situations and react in the best way possible: without panicking.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey News: Player Bio 2011-12
ASSETS: Uses his superior hockey intelligence and skill to dominate the game. An outstanding passer, he also has an incredibly accurate shot from the point. Plays calm and is very efficient in the defensive zone. Thrives with lots of ice time. Is a great lateral skater.

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey News: Player Bio 2010-11
ASSETS: He uses his intelligence to dominate the game. Has an incredibly accurate shot from the point. He is very efficient in the defensive zone. He thrives with lots of ice time. He is a great lateral skater.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey News: The Best of Everything Hockey
Detroit’s ageless wonder is the master of the safe, smart play.

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Even after two decades at the helm, this Detroit defenseman is still the best in the league at running the PP.

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They don’t come any calmer or cooler than Lidstrom. His in-game patience is as renown as his all-world skill.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nicklas Kronwall
He’s the best player in the league and he’s the backbone of our team. We got a lot of great players in here, but none as good as Nick.
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Quote:
“He uses his intelligence to dominate the game. Has an incredibly accurate shot from the point. He is very efficient in the defensive zone. He thrives with lots of ice time. He is a great lateral skater.” – The Hockey News
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“He was a reliable defenseman and a brilliant rusher, and his powerful shots from the blue line often took goalies by surprise.” – Legends of Hockey
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"... he can skate, handle the puck, shoot and create turnovers like no other defenseman in hockey." -- Bob McCown
Quote:
"He never makes a mistake." -- Ted Lindsay
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“To appreciate the subtleties of how talented and consistent he is, you have to watch him every day. He's not about flashy. He's about substance." – Undrafted Coach
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"He's always pretty much in a perfect position. He's probably one of the greatest defencemen ever to play the game." – Sergei Gonchar
Quote:
"He's always been able to shut down the best player on a pretty regular basis. I'm pretty confident Nick will be able to do a good job. He's played against Lemieux and guys like Gretzky and Hull. I think he looks forward to it. He's not going to come out and say it. He's not a loud guy." – Undrafted Player


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