I would agree Stevens and Pronger were probably better at being the shutdown and guy but I would not say they are better than Neidermayer. He may have had Stevens and Pronger but they both also had Scott Neidermayer.
I think it is fairly clear Lidstorm was more impressive, but they are both without a doubt 1st ballot HOF'ers
Stevens and Pronger better at being shutdown? That's it?
I don't recall Neidermayer leading his team in points, like Stevens did when he put up 78 points. Pronger single handedly took the Oilers to the cup finals, then Anaheim, and did it again with Philly. He did not need Neidermayer.
Both Stevens and Pronger are easily ahead of Neidermayer. Neidermayer was an flawless skater. That's basically what sets him apart, but Stevens and Pronger both made much more impact.
Stevens - 1635 Games - 908 Points.
Pronger - 1167 Games - 698 Points.
Neidermayer - 1263 - 740 Points.
It's just not a big enough difference to say Neidermayer was a better offensively.
Throw in the playoff numbers and Neid has the worst of them all.
Stevens - 233 Games - 118 Points
Pronger - 173 Games - 121 Points
Neidermayer - 202 Games - 98 Points.
You can't say that Neid was better defensively than Pronger or Stevens. Neids got nothing on those two.
Edited by Rey, 02 August 2013 - 01:05 AM.