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Doug Lidster !!!

Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1994, 1999)

Fred J. Hume Award (unsung hero) (1985)
4 x Babe Pratt Award (best defenseman) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1991)

Offensive Accomplishments:
343 Points in 897 NHL Regular Season Games
21 Points in 80 NHL Play-off Games

Points among Defensemen - 7th(1987)

Scoring Percentages:
Points - 78, 43, 40, 40, 39, 34, 34

Best 6 Seasons: 274

3 Times the top defensive defenseman (ES + SH TOI) for a top-6 defensive team (1989, 1992, 1993)

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Doug Lidster was a superior offensive defenceman who played nearly 900 games for three different clubs. He was an excellent quarterback on the power play and constantly helped his team's transition game with his ability to carry the puck out of his own zone.

Born in Kamloops, B.C., Lidster starred for the hometown Rockets in the BCJHL in 1978-79. The next year he began a four-year career at Colorado College and was chosen 133rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks at the Entry Draft. He was a two-time selection to the WCHA first all-star team and was placed on the NCAA first all-American team once. After graduating, Lidster joined the Canadian National Team for the 1983-84 season. He scored 26 points in 59 exhibition matches then represented his country at the Sarajevo Olympics.

Lidster joined Vancouver for the last part of the regular season and first round of the playoffs. He enjoyed a solid rookie year in 1984-85 with 30 points and was named to Team Canada at the World Championships. Lidster was a key playmaker and point man on the power play for Vancouver through the 1992-93 season. He also participated in the World Championships in 1990 and 1991.

In June 1993, the veteran blueliner was traded to the New York Rangers. Ironically, the 1993-94 season culminated in a Stanley Cup finals between Lidster's current and former team. He scored two goals in the playoffs to help the Blueshirts win their first Stanley Cup since 1940. Lidster played the 1994-95 season with the St. Louis Blues then rejoined the Rangers for three seasons. The veteran added some useful experience to the Dallas Stars when they won their first Stanley Cup in 1998-99.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Following the Olympics, Lidster joined the Vancouver Canucks who made him their 133rd overall pick in the 1980 Entry Draft. The Kamloops British Columbia native went on to become arguably the best blue liner in Canuck history to that point.

An exceptional skater and good puck handler, Lidster lacked a good point shot to establish himself as a top NHL defenseman. A hard worker, he relied more on his finesse and skating game than his non-existent physical game, despite his good size (6'1" 200lbs")

Lidster played 9 strong seasons with the Canucks, setting team records with 63 points by a defenseman in 1986-87. Lidster, who would have been a perfect #2 or #3 defenseman on almost any other club at the time, was the Canucks #1 man. He did an outstanding job but got little recognition from the NHL media as his team was so bad.

The NHL community always was impressed by Lidster's play. Twice he was asked to represent Canada at the World Championships, both times winning silver medals. He was also invited to but eventually cut from the 1991 Canada Cup squad.

The summer of 1993 saw Lidster move to New York in a bizarre move that saw the Canucks acquire John Vanbiesbrouck, who was then in turn left exposed in the expansion draft to protect goalies Kirk McLean and Kay Whitmore. Oddly enough, Lidster, who for so many years fought so many battles for the Canucks, found himself fighting his biggest hockey battle against the Canucks in the spring of 1994. In a classic 7 game showdown, Lidster's Rangers narrowly edged out Lidster's former teammates.

Lidster, who became a Mike Keenan favorite while in New York, was traded to St. Louis in the summer of 1994 along with Esa Tikkanen in exchange for Petr Nedved. The deal was used to compensate the Rangers who suspiciously lost coach Keenan to the Blues just days after winning the Cup. The Rangers cried fowl and the league ordered the Blues to compensate the Rangers.

Lidster played only 37 games with St. Louis that season, and the following summer was back on his way to New York where he rounded out his NHL career with three more seasons on the Rangers blue line. "Liddy" then jumped to the national team program before joining the Dallas Stars.

Scouting Reports:
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1986-87
Selected as Vancouver’s defenseman of the year for the second season in a row… Played for Canada in the 1984 Winter Olympics… His Olympic coch, Dave King, called him the most improved player defensivey… A fitness zealot who led his teammates in midseason tests
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey – 1987-88
Considered te Canucks’ best defenseman… A sickly minus-35 rating was one of the NHL’s worst in 1986-87… Simply put, he played a lot for a bad hockey team… Set the team record for points (63) by a defenseman…
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1986-87
The Finesse Game
Lidster is a good sketer, quick and fairly agile for a bigger man. He has the ability to carry the puck from the zone and will do so, but he prefers to pass the puck quickly and minister to his defensive duties.

He plays his defense potitionally and does so well, applying his knowledge of defensive angles to force the play wide.

Lidstr does occationally make mental mistakes – such as leaving his position to do too much, this creates opening – but he is usually a very steady player and his plus/minus rating proves that; he was the highest rted defenseman on the club for the second straight year.

Offensively, Lidster does have ability, but he keeps it in check.

He can handle the puck well and can certainly get the puck to the open man and his shot has improved; he gets it away quicker and more accurately than previously.

The Physical Game
Lidster is not a bruiser, but he uses his body well. He takes the opposition out along the boards and in the corners and he is also strong in front of the net.

Occasionally, Lidster does only half the job in taking people out and watches as they sneak back into thep lay, but he is improving in that category and is making his play along the boards tougher.

The Intangibles
Lidster is a good listener and very intelligent, making for a determined and successful worker. He is always working at improving his game and brings an enthusiastic attitude to the Canucks.

Doug Lidster is rapidly becoming one of the most dependable defensemen not only in vncouver, but in the NHL.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1987-88
The Finesse Game
Though hidden to many because he plays in Vancouver, Lidster is one of the League’s best up-and-coming defensemen, and it is his finesse skills and his application of same that is the reason.

He is a good skate, quick and agile for a bigger man, and he demonstrates excellent mobility in his turns and stops and starts. That’s because he has good foot speed. Doug has the ability to carry the puck from the zone and he does so intelligently and with patience. If a breakout pass is the more efficient way of moving the Cnucks fom their own end, then Lidster will make that pass. But, if the forwards are bogged down, he can rush the puck with authority.

He will join the play as a fourth attacker, again doing so patiently, and he can handle the puck well in motion because of his hands – big and strong. That same ability makes him a fine passer, especially on the power play,and Doug complements that skill with good vision and anticipation.

Finally, offensively, he does not have a great shot from the point and could work to improve it, but Lidster ill sneak toward the net and deliver a good wrist shot from the top of the circle.

Despite his plus/minus, Lidster is a good positional defenseman, applying his knowledge of defensive angles to force the play wide.

He has toned down on his wandering tendancies, the kind that opened up space for the opposition, and he has learned to mix his offensive style with his defensive necessities.

The Physical Game
Lidster plays the body well, but he’ll ever be a bruiser. He generally makes his takeouts effectively, but he can be out-muscled along the boards by stronger forwards.

The same can be said of his play in front of his own net, where Doug ties up the opposition but does not force them from the slot or off the puck. An improvement in his strength would make him more effective defensively.

The Intangibles
Lidster’s a hard worker and an enthusiastic player. He’s also one of the NHL’s most sought-after properties. He is determined to improve his game and will continue to do so, but he’s already the Canuck’s most important – and steadiest – defenseman.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1988-89
The Finesse Game
Lidtser is a very good skater, and his foot speed and balance ae the keys to his skating skills. He has excellet mobility and gility – especially laterally – and the ability to move in any direction within a step. The only thing he doesn’t have is explosive acceleration ability, but he’ll get to loose pucks before many other players because of his quickness.

The Physical Game
Strength and physical play aren’t the highlights of Lidster’s game, as he is basically a finesse player with size. He does take the body well when he can, but he ca be out-muscled along the boards and in front of the net by stronger forwards…

The Intangibles
Lidster’s game took a step backward last year for several reasons. The injury was one, bu Doug is no longer an unknown property around the Leaague and teams know that he has to be keyed on.

So he sa much more checking this year then before and that checking restricted his productivity. That checking also served to affect Lidster’s judgement and he as not as aggressive in his offensive play as he had been; he played much more tentatively.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1989-90
The Finesse Game

He uses his skating to challenge the puck at both bluelines, forechecking and pinching in offensively and stepping up to close the gap defensively.

The Intangibles

He has to show a desire and intensity necessary to force himself to raise his game

Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1990-91
The Physical Game

He is always in good physical condition and has a good recovery rate, and that’s important because he’s going to play 30 minutes a game.

The Intangibles
An intelligent and reliable player, Lidster’s on downside is that he plays at the same intensity level at all times. He plays a generally unemotional game and that’s one reason why he’s so reliable, but it’s also the reason why he hasn’t taken greater advantage of his skils.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1991-92
The Physical Game
Although he probably is the best-conditioned athlete on the team and is strong as an ox, the finesse game clearly is more to Lidster’s liking than the physical. He will be used to kill penalties more because he can get the puck out of the zone than because he is going to keep the front of his net clear through physical intimidation. He depends more on positioning than on muscle to ge the job done
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1992-93
The Finesse Game
Lidster is a dependable two-way player. He has the skating range to cut off the ice on almost any forward in the league and has the hands to get the puck up ice right away on the transition to offense.

While he does not rush as much as he used to, Lidster has a good amount of offensive smarts. Lidster can work the point on the power play and also knows his way around making a rush or joining one. He will hold the puck, and let the defense completely out-think itself as to what Lidster plans. The defense will anticipate and react to what they think he is going to do, then he will do nothing – unless the defense has committed.

Overall, Lidster is a defenseman who can be trusted in the last minute of a period or of a game, when his team is trying to protect a narrow lead. He is not looking for points as much as he is looking to make the safe play, and virtually always gets that job done.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1993-94
The Finesse Game

Defensively, he’s tough to beat one on one. He is agile and can stop and start skating backwards. Lidster holds his position and forces the attacker to make the first move.

When it is crunch time and his team is holding a lead, he will make the safe play.

The Physical Game
Lidtser has good size but does not use it well. He is not very strong in one-on-one battles along th boards or in front of the net. He’s erratic about finishing his checks. Sometimes he will really deck an opponent, while other times he will only give him a push.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1994-95
The Finesse Game
Generally more effective with the puck than without it, Lidster is a smooth, gifted skater who likes to take advantage of the range this aspect provides and especially likes to step up in the neutral zone to challenge. Unfortunately, Lidster then ends up chasing the play after the puck gets chipped or passed behind him.

The same is also true in the scoring chance area. Lidster will step up to challenge the play, only to be undone by a back-door pass to a player who has broken behind him. He also will, at times, overload one side of the ice when it seems to be under his partner’s control.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Almanac – 1993-94
Strengths: One of the smartest players in the NHL. Lidtser has carved out an excellent career despite the absence of any single outstanding feature. A steady, stay-at-home defenseman, he is nonetheless quite capable of joining the attack, but uses excellent instincts to pick his spots. Lister is strong and durable and can play tough in the slot, but only once in his career has he earned more than 100 penalty minutes. He’s been the team’s best defenseman for years.

Weaknesses: Lidster’s conservative style and infrequent forays into the offensive zone leave teammates and defensive partners to steal the limelight, which means Doug, even after nearly a decade, tends to be underrated and undervalued.

Will…. anchor the D
Can’t…. play nasty
Expect…. a steady job
Don’t Expect…. a puck-rusher.
Originally Posted by The Hockey Almanac – 1994-95
Strengths: Lidster is a solid performer with lots of two-way talent, although he is primary a defensive defenseman

Will…. guard defensive zone
Can’t…. add much to the attack
Expect…. a smart veteran
Don’t Expect…. an ounce of quit.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s – 1992-93
Lidster remains a strong, very underrated defender who has the world’s worst shot from the point. No matter what he does it always hits something other than the net and is often blocked.

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