Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rob Niedermayer
Centre Rob Niedermayer was a coveted junior prospect with skill and grit while playing in the WHL. Born in Cassiar, British Columbia, Niedermayer whose older brother Scott is a member of the New Jersey Devils played junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers. In 1992-93, Niedermayer scored 43 goals in 52 games and helped Canada win gold at the 1993 World Junior Championships. Later that summer the Florida Panthers chose Niedermayer with the fifth overall pick as they prepared for their inaugural NHL season.

Niedermayer improved gradually over his first two NHL seasons. In 1995-96 he jumped forward with 26 goals and scored eight post-season points during the Panthers' improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals. He slipped to 14 goals the next season then missed two thirds of the 1997-98 schedule after suffering a concussion.

In 1998-99 Niedermayer rebounded with 51 points, the second best output of his career. By 99-2000 his low total of 32 points was still the fourth highest on the defence-oriented Panthers. After eight seasons in Florida, Niedermayer was traded to the Calgary Flames in the summer of 2001. Injuries would plague his season yet again in 2001-02 and midway through the following year the Flames dealt the former first rounder to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The trade turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the upstart Ducks reached the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, only to lose the series in a hard fought seven game series against Rob's older brother Scott's New Jersey Devils.

Injuries limited Niedermayer in 2003-04 to a mere 55 games and 28 points. Despite the Ducks Stanley Cup final appearance in 2003, the Ducks struggled in 2003-04 and subsequently missed the playoffs. Once the regular season came to a close, Niedermayer was named to Canada's World Championship team along with his brother Scott of the New Jersey Devils helped Canada capture gold at the 2004 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

After the NHL lockout, Niedermayer was joined by his Brother Scott on the Mighty Ducks roster for the start of the 2005-06 regular season. In his fourth season in Anaheim, Rob Niedermayer led all team forwards in time on ice as the team found their way back into the NHL playoffs. After failing to achieve their ultimate goal in 2005-06, Niedermayer combined with Travis Moen and Samuel Pahlsson to form one of the leagues top defensive lines during the 2006-07 season. In the subsequent playoffs, Niedermayer saw action in all 21 games en route to a Stanley Cup championship. During the on-ice Cup celebration, Rob's Brother Scott Niedermayer (who had already won three Stanley Cups in New Jersey) handed the trophy to immediately to Rob rather than the team's assistant captain.

On September 25, 2009, Niedermayer joined the New Jersey Devils, where his brother had spent 14 seasons and won three Stanley Cups. Rob's time in New Jersey would be much more brief however. On July 7, 2010, Niedermayer was signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a one-year contract.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Cranbrook Blazers Minor-BC 35 42 40 82 30
1990-91 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 71 24 26 50 8 12 3 7 10 2
1991-92 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 71 32 46 78 77 4 2 3 5 2
1992-93 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 52 43 34 77 67
1992-93 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 2
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 65 9 17 26 51 -11
1994-95 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 13 9 15 24 14
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 48 4 6 10 36 -13
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 82 26 35 61 107 +1 22 5 3 8 12
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 60 14 24 38 54 +4 5 2 1 3 6
1997-98 Florida Panthers NHL 33 8 7 15 41 -9
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 82 18 33 51 50 -13
1998-99 Canada WC-A 10 2 1 3 8
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 81 10 23 33 46 -5 4 1 0 1 6
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 67 12 20 32 50 -12
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 57 6 14 20 49 -15
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 54 8 10 18 42 -13
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 12 2 2 4 15 +3 21 3 7 10 18
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 55 12 16 28 34 -6
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 2 4 6 22 +3
2004-05 Ferencvaros TC Budapest Hungary 5 2 1 3 14
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 76 15 24 39 89 -5 16 1 3 4 10
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 5 11 16 77 -8 21 5 5 10 39
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 8 8 16 54 +1 2 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 79 14 7 21 42 -17 13 0 3 3 12
2009-10 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 10 12 22 45 +3 5 0 0 0 6
2010-11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 5 14 19 22 -8 7 1 3 4 2
2011-12 HC Lugano Swiss 14 2 4 6 12
NHL Totals 1153 186 283 469 904 116 18 25 43 111


Brother of Scott
WHL East First All-Star Team (1993)
Missed majority of 1997-98 due to thumb (November 26, 1997 vs. Boston) and head (March 19, 1998 vs. Buffalo) injuries. Traded to Calgary by Florida with Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Calgary selected Andrei Medvedev) in 2001 Entry Draft for Valeri Bure and Jason Wiemer, June 23, 2001. Traded to Anaheim by Calgary for Mike Commodore and Jean-Francois Damphousse, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Ferencvaros (Hungary), January 17, 2005. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, September 25, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 7, 2010.