By Ira Podell, AP Hockey Writer
PITTSBURGH — Unlike this year's NHL top draft prospects, Nicklas Lidstrom's road to the Stanley Cup finals didn't start at the Stanley Cup finals.

In 1989, when the Detroit Red Wings star defenseman prepared for the draft, he didn't travel to Montreal or Calgary, where the finals were that year. Nor did he go to North America to hear his name announced at the draft.

"I remember being anxious about it," said Lidstrom, a six-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman. "They told me to wait by the phone back home in Sweden, and I did. I got a call on a Saturday night, but I was anxious and very happy to be drafted."