Niedermayer vs Chara
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09-30-2013, 01:59 PM
Zemgus Da Gawd
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Upstate NY
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Niedermayer didn't get many PP points in NJ because the PP was better off with Rafalski and a forward at the points. Once the team traded away Arnott (played the point with Rafalski in the back to back finals), then Sykora (who briefly replaced Arnott), the PP suffered whether they put Niedermayer or Langenbrunner next to Rafalski.
Interesting the team shifted towards Rafalski, considering that statistically, there wasn't much change in the Devils' PP between 98-99 and 00-01. Hyper efficient units who scored fewer PPGs than other teams because of fewer opportunities. Niedermayer also outscored Rafalski in each of his two seasons as the Devils' top power play defenseman.
When the Devils PP was at its best, Nieds QBed the 2nd unit (and the 2nd unit went to **** after Mogilny left at the end of 2000-01)
The Devils power play was top 5 in the league in each of the three years before Niedermayer went to 6th overall in PPTOI/G. Was the 01 season that much better than what preceded it?
Ducks fans have said he played more like a rover than a normal point man on the Anaheim PP (while Pronger basically manned the point by himself).
Edit: To add to that, Niedermayer's greatest strength has always been his skating, and skating is most important at even strength. I always found him a much better even strength defenseman than a PP or PK defenseman.
Yeah, not all that surprising. I've always thought Tyler Myers was something of a giant version of Nieds, and he has the similar phenomenon of being most valuable as an ES puckmoving type.
Also, doesn't that open up the possibility Nieds was more impactful than his point totals would show, given how thankless a job being the "breakout guy" can sometimes be?
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