"He took over in the playoffs. He was our best player in the playoffs," Lidstrom said of Yzerman.

He said Pavel Datsyuk is another example of a leader in the playoffs for the Red Wings and a player that has impact in the locker room.

Lidstrom was low draft pick in 1989

The 1989 NHL draft class will go down as one of the most notable. It included players such as Mats Sundin, Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Bure, Vladimir Konstantinov and many more NHL standouts.

Lidstrom was selected 53rd overall in the third round by Detroit. The Wings passed up a lot of Canadian and American players for the tall, slim Swede.

They wouldn't have to wait long for Lidstrom to shine. He scored 11 goals and 49 assists in his 1991-92 rookie season and led all Red Wings defensemen with 60 points.

Detroit dug even deeper in the 1989 draft as they selected Fedorov 74th overall and Konstantinov 221st overall.

The low draft picks with big impact would become a trend for the Wings in the following decade.

Lidstrom as captain of Red Wings

Lidstrom was the first European captain to lead the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup championship (2008). He had big skates to fill when Steve Yzerman retired in 2006 after 20 seasons with the C.

Yzerman replaced Danny Gare who was captain for a few years in the 80s. Before Gare, there was a plethora of players who wore the C for Detroit between 1974 and 1982, including Danny Grant and Dennis Hextall.

Alex Delvecchio was captain from 1962 to 1974. He was the longest-serving Red Wings captain until Yzerman came to town.

The question is who will replace Lidstrom when he leaves? The current alternates are Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall.

Bernie Smilovitz asking the tough questions at the Nicklas Lidstrom retirement press conference