Player Profile: Toni Lydman

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Player Profile: Toni Lydman
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

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Season Overview
Toni Lydman played in his 11th NHL season (second with the Ducks) during the 2011-12 campaign. The 34-year-old averaged 18:54 of ice time in 74 games.

More of a stay-at-home defenseman throughout his career, Lydman continued his streak of not having a minus rating next to his name to end the season (finished with an even zero mark). He has been at or above the plateau each of the past eight seasons, with his last minus season coming in 2002-03 while with Calgary. He enjoyed a career-high plus-32 season in 2010-11 with Anaheim and is a career plus-46.

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Unable to pot a goal during the season for the first time in his career, Lydman was able to account for 13 assists. In the stats that go a little more unnoticed, he really shined. He ranked second on the Ducks in both blocked shots (153) and shorthanded time on ice (231:09), while also placing fourth on the club with 134 hits.

Highlight
Proof that Lydman can have a large presence in the game without tallying a point was at its most evident in a 3-1 Ducks victory over San Jose on March 28. Playing hurt (with both neck and knee issues), the defenseman dished out five hits and had a game-high three blocked shots during 18:38 of ice time. He also registered a plus-two rating, tying a season-best which he did a total of eight times during 2011-12.

By the Numbers
200, career assists posted by Lydman in 812 career contests. That ranks him 13th among all players selected in the 1996 NHL Draft, which isn’t bad for a defenseman more known for the work he does in his own end. A fourth round pick (89th overall) by Calgary that year, the blueliner also ranks 12th in the draft class in games played.

Looking Forward
Lydman will enter the final season of a three-year contract he signed with Anaheim on July 1, 2010. With two new members on the team’s defense in Bryan Allen and Sheldon Souray, it remains to be seen where the Lahti, Finland native will be slotted. Battling a torn meniscus for much of last season and a neck injury toward the end of the campaign, Lydman underwent successful surgery in April to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. He is expected to be at full strength come training camp, which he has been unable to do the past two Septembers having dealt with acute double vision in 2010 and recovery from shoulder surgery in 2011.

Personal
Toni and his wife, Heta, have two daughters: Amanda and Ellen. He considers Maui to be his favorite vacation spot.  Lydman’s first car, a small Mazda, was leased to him by the team he was playing for in the Finnish League. He really enjoys heavy metal music, saying he listens to it “Before the game, after the game, all the time.” Lists Mastadon as his favorite band. He began playing hockey at the age of nine in his native Finland.  Lydman has won two Olympic medals with Finland, a silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010.

He Said It
“I missed so much time and so much training that I just wanted to get back to playing. I should have been smarter. Then again, it’s not easy to take time off when the other guys are going. In hindsight, shoulda, coulda woulda. It doesn’t matter now.” – Toni Lydman


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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