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Stevens knew Niedermayer was special right away

Jul 9, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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Scott Niedermayer did his best to act surprised that he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday, as notes.

“It’s pretty surreal to get this call to be told you’re being inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Niedermayer said. “It’ll probably take a long time for it to sink in. It’s a pretty impressive group and it’s a real honor to be part of such a great group.”

Most expected him to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, though.

Scott Stevens told the New Jersey Devils Web site that it was instantly clear that he could become an impact player.

“I guess right away when you saw him. In camp, he was very young, but you could see the talent, you could see how great a skater he was,” Stevens said. “You pretty much knew from Day One when he arrived at camp that he was going to be a special player and had some special gifts and talents that a lot of players just would never have, obviously, his skating being the most noticeable. He’s probably one of the best skaters I’ve ever seen play the game.”

  1. lateralous - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Devils seem to lose guys to free agency every year but this is the only one that really, really hurt. Biggest stain on Lou’s career IMO, especially since it didn’t seem he made any attempt to replace him for years unless you count the Malakov/McGillis debacle. I know, I know, “He left to play with his brother, his mom blah, blah, blah.” No one will ever convince me that the two contentious contract negotiations they had when Scott was an RFA and ended up holding out didn’t eventually play a huge roll in it.

    Despite everything i’m glad to see his #27 in the rafters at the Rock. His end to end goals against Detroit and Dallas in the Stanley cup finals are among my favorite goals ever.

    • lateralous - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      …and Bieber is still a douche

    • therichott - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Lou really didn’t have much of a chance once Scotty decided he wanted to a) play with his brother and b) play closer to home. The funny thing is that Rob eventually ended up with the Devils…now if Lou could have moved British Columbia east maybe he would have stayed in the first place…

  2. obamareallysucks - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    bieber is queerbait

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