Scott Niedermayer's long, graceful skating stride allowed him to glide up and down the ice. He'd get the puck, move it and then he'd be gone. The opposition couldn't keep up with him, knock him down or wear him out.
"He was like a ghost out there," Mike Babcock told NHL.com. "He would just arrive when you wouldn't expect it and make plays."
Bobby Orr opened the ice for skating defensemen in the 1970s, forever changing the way the game would be played during his Hall of Fame career. Paul Coffey followed Orr in the 1980s, carrying his fluid style through two decades of dominance that was good enough to earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame as well.
Niedermayer's skating was so smooth that he fell in line behind Orr and Coffey after he got to the New Jersey Devils in 1992 following a junior career that saw him win gold at the 1991 IIHF World Junior Championship and the Memorial Cup with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 1992.
He'd go on to win every team trophy he could, including the Stanley Cup four times (1995, 2000, 2003, 2007), two Olympic gold medals (2002, 2010), gold at the 2004 World Championship and gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Niedermayer also took home the Norris Trophy in 2004 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2007 after winning the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks.