Attending the NHL draft for the Ducks, Niedermayer was watching a collection of players that feature defensemen that have been influenced by him or compared to him, like top prospect Cam Fowler.
"It feels good, obviously. But at the same time it reminds you of how long you've been around. When I came in, the guys I would have watched [growing up], these guys have probably never seen play. Times change, and I guess I'm that guy now," said Niedermayer, who retired from the NHL last season.
The last time he attended the draft was when his brother Rob was taken fifth overall in 1993. Scott was taken third overall in 1991, and said plenty's changed in that time. "There was no combine. There was no organization behind it other than the draft."
Niedermayer told us that his decision process for playing next season didn't progress to the point where he was getting sniffs from other teams.
"I had to make the first decision, whether I could keep playing. We were very comfortable in Anaheim. Hopefully there may have been some other interest, but it never got that far," he said.
One team Niedermayer said he would have seriously considered continuing his career with next season: The New Jersey Devils, with whom he won three Cups with in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
"Of course, of course. What more can I say about playing there. Everything it gave me, everything it taught me," he said.