So, here we are. First day of the lockout. No hockey in the near future. Unfortunately, I still need to feed my growing hockey appetite. So I decided on doing this.
For those of you who don't know (which I assume is pretty much everybody), I'm a relatively new hockey fan. Started following the Wings in '07-'08, and they won, which obviously means I'm good luck. However, there's a lot of Red Wings history that I want to know more about, but want to hear about it from the fan's point of view. So I'm starting this. It might be a weekly thing, or just whenever I feel like asking a question, but it should help feed my hockey appetite, at least for now. So, here we go.
Question: When did Lidstrom ascend to greatness? When did the fans, the league, and the players start acknowledging that he was one of the greatest defensemen to ever play the game? I assume it didn't happen overnight, and I'm also gonna assume it wasn't when he was a draftee, as he fell to 53rd overall in the 1989 draft. Was there ever a time when Lidstrom looked like just another Ericcson, or a Kindl, or a White? Did he start out being good, went to great over time, and then finally ascended to legendary over the span of a decade? Or was it quicker? Did he start out like a Kronwall and then move his way up? I'm genuinely interested in this, so any fans that have knowledge of the Wings starting in the 1990s, feel free to answer.
Next week: A question about Sergei Federov, which I'm sure is going to interest many of you.