Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google

NEWS

Rob Niedermayer arrives at camp

Monday, 09.28.2009 / 11:10 AM / News
By Eric Marin
X
Share with your Friends


Rob Niedermayer arrives at camp
Niedermayer wore No. 21.
Rob Niedermayer, the Devils' newest addition, skated at training camp on Monday, and will make his first appearance in Tuesday's preseason finale against the New York Islanders.

"It's nice to get the first day over with," said Niedermayer, who got into town Sunday night. "I'm excited and a little nervous, but it's nice to come and meet everyone and get the first practice under your belt."

Niedermayer had been practicing in British Columbia with the Kootenay ICE of the Western Hockey League, but now begins the process of getting back into NHL game shape.

Based on Jacques Lemaire's initial reaction, Niedermayer's well on his way.

"Right away, I was with (assistant coach) Mario (Tremblay) standing there, and the first time I really had a look was the 3-on-3 down low; 3-on-2 down low, and the first remark we both said was, 'He's strong,'" said the head coach. "He's strong on the puck, he protects the puck."

There's no substitute for game play, however.

"When you don't play games, you can't be in top shape," Lemaire said. "He's not bad, you could see he was getting tired on some of the drills, but it's not that bad. I've seen guys tired like that last game, and they've been with us for two weeks."

On Monday, Niedermayer centered a line with Brendan Shanahan and Niclas Bergfors. Shanahan, entering his 22nd NHL season, has 1,524 games under his belt. Bergfors, a rookie hopeful, has made just nine NHL appearances. The veteran centerman seemed right at home on a line that blended experience with skill.

"Pretty nice to skate with both of them," Niedermayer said. "Both very talented guys, and it made my job a lot easier."

Niedermayer's line wore gray. Also skating this morning, in red: Zach Parise - Travis Zajac - Jamie Langenbrunner; in blue: Brian Rolston - Dainius Zubrus - David Clarkson; in light blue: Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond - Rod Pelley - Andrew Peters; in green: Jay Pandolfo - Tim Sestito - Matt Halischuk/Ilkka Pikkarainen.

Selected by Florida with the fifth overall pick in 1993, Niedermayer spent his first eight seasons with the Panthers. He had his most productive season in 1995-96, scoring 26 goals and 35 assists as Florida made its run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals.

Niedermayer was dealt to Calgary in a 2001 trade for Valeri Bure and Jason Wiemer before landing in Anaheim the next season. The Mighty Ducks advanced to the 2003 Finals and were beaten in seven games by New Jersey.

Older brother and former Devil, Scott, followed Rob to California after the 2005 lockout. They went on to hoist the Cup together when the Ducks defeated Ottawa in 2007.

Niedermayer sounded happy to be back in the East.

"I know the travel's a lot better," he said. "I'm really looking forward to that – definitely something that's going to be good."

Lemaire said the green line would not play in Tuesday's game at Prudential Center. Martin Brodeur will start his third straight exhibition game with Yann Danis backing up. Brodeur has allowed two goals in two appearances, including Saturday's 1-0 blanking of the Flyers.

Monday's defensemen were, in white: Paul Martin, Johnny Oduya, Mike Mottau, Colin White. In black: Jay Leach, Bryce Salvador, Cory Murphy, Andy Greene, Rob Davison. Lemaire wouldn't say which defenders would see action against the Islanders, though he confirmed that Mottau would not play.

NJD NOTES
Rob and older brother Scott will become the fourth set of brothers to play for New Jersey, joining Aaron/Neal Broten, Claude/Jocelyn Lemieux, and Patrik/Peter Sundstrom. Their 893 combined regular-season games played would rank first, followed by Broten (669), Lemieux (441) and Sundstrom (326).



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59