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09-30-2013, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
It took him a long time to do this and I'm not sure why people have forgotten that already. Very much a revisionist history here. It took him until he was 30 to be an elite defenseman, no big deal, sometimes it takes a while to put things together, but make no mistake about it, he DID take that long. While Chara didn't.
The "revision", imo, is thinking that as early as ~1997/8 over half the teams in the league wouldn't have traded their #1 defenseman to land Scott Niedermayer if they could. Whether or not that meets your definition of "elite" seems beyond the point, given that even the least favourable statistical deconstructions still place him firmly in the top 1% of defensemen at any time, and that his reputation/skills/results combination likely put him even higher in the percentile rankings than that. He certainly got paid accordingly too, even after being beaten down by Lou.

Scott Niedermayer in '03 onward was NOT a revelation compared to the late 90s version of him. Suggesting otherwise would be the revision. The media across both countries is chock full of archived praise for him as one of the top defensemen long before that, and the results are there, too.

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