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09-30-2013, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
The comparison of Scott's last 5 seasons with the Devil's compared to his next 5 with the Ducks shows that his ES scoring went down slightly but his PP scoring doubled.

NJ GP- 366 P-199 ES-131 (0.36) PP-65 (0.18)
AHN GP-371 P-264 ES-121 (0.33) PP-135 (0.36)
So Niedermayer's overall point totals were hurt because the Devils were an uncharacteristically bad PP team relative to where they were in the standings**? Nieds was a top 5 ES scorer in 98 and 99*, had top 5 worthy ES P/G stats the next two seasons, had another top 5 year in 2003, and led the league in ES points the year he won the Norris.

Combine that with his flashy end-to-end style, the Devils prominence, and Nieds' minute totals, and it's pretty easy to see how he was considered a "top offensive defenseman" before he started finishing higher in points.

*6-8 way tie for fourth.
**they were and they weren't, I'm fact checking as I go. Nied's production in 98 and 99 was commendable, and came on teams whose best PP forwards were Holik and Sykora. The unit then seems to flow through the A line for the next couple seasons without much change in either goals-for or efficiency before taking huge steps back in 02 and 03.

TDMM/Devils fans, are the numbers lying here? Did the structural focus of the NJD power play shift away from Niedermayer as it seems to have? Or was he always just a cog in a machine that found better players for his job?

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