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The Hockey News declares Lidstrom still the best

Posted on: November 9, 2009 12:40 am

The Hockey News proclaims Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, the best defenseman in their November 16th "Defenseman Issue."

The weekly magazine polled six hockey experts to rank the NHL defenseman in 11 categories and Lidstrom was the winner in four and received votes in two others.

Lidstrom was selected as the best shutdown defenseman, as having the best point shot, making the best first pass, and as the top mentor. He also received votes as the best skater and best corner man.

Lidstrom beat Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals for the best point shot. He beat Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks and Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers for the best first pass. Pronger was runner-up to Lidstrom as the best shut down defenseman and Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames was third. Niedermayer was again runner-up to Lidstrom in the best mentor category followed by Rob Blake of the San Jose Sharks.

Brian Rafalski of the Red Wings was selected as the NHL's best small defenseman. Small is defined as under six-feet tall and under 200 pounds. Rafalski edged Kimmo Timmonen of the Flyers and Dan Boyle of the Sharks.

Pronger won a couple of categories including best corner man and nastiest and most intimidating player. Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators was second to Pronger as best corner man and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins ranked third. Chara was runner-up to Pronger as the nastiest defenseman and Dion Phaneuf of the Flames was third. Niedermayer was selected as the best skater ahead of Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames and Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Drew Doughty was selected as the best defenseman under 22 ahead of Zach Bogosian and Tyler Myers.

Phaneuf was selected as the best open ice hitter ahead of Niklas Kronwall of the Red Wings and Anton Volchenkov of the Ottawa Senators. Volchenkov was selected as the best shot blocker followed by Regehr, and Zbynek Michalek of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2009 1:13 am

The Hockey News declares Lidstrom still the best

what is this his 19th, 20th year in the league? and he is still viewed as the best of the best. yzerman brought the franchise to life, lidstrom made sure it stayed that way. i can see lidstrom staying with us just as long as yzerman. as for getting his after career accolades: check on the rubber stamp to the hall of fame, and check on getting his jersey retired i saw the ceremony should be may 5th ;). he may be 3rd in norris trophies all time but when you compare what harvery was able to do back in the day with what lidstrom does now i think he is the best defensive defensemen of all time, orr being the better offensive defensemen and deservingn of his 8 all time. now lidstrom does not really grind people around that is not his style but he does throw his weight around when needed and would have done a fine job in the more physical days.

all this said i love lidstrom his jersey is the only jersey i own and he will go down as one of the greatest red wings of all time.

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