When talking about players that have stood the test of time around the NHL, we often talk directly about the likes of Teemu Selanne or Jaromir Jagr. But how about a little more praise for Patrik Elias in that department? He’s not quite 40 years old, but hasn’t shown signs of declining even at his age.
The best offensive player in the history of the New Jersey Devils, Elias has continued to perform at a high level, even into this season. While the Devils have been struggling of late, for the most part, Elias has been a figure of consistency as he leads a team that has struggled to find consistency on offense.
Elias has 29 points on the season, including 10 goals and 19 assists. His total points and assists are tops on the team and he’s second in goals, behind David Clarkson. Eleven of his points have come on a power play unit that has struggled, as he’s put three in the back of the net with the man advantage. He’s also a plus-7 on the season.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Elias continues to play at a high level. He’ll turn 37 next month, but he’s notched at least 40 points every year since the 1998-99 season. In fact, in only two of those seasons has he put up less than 50. He’s the franchise’s career leader in goals, assists, and points, among a whole bunch of other figures.
Elias plans on playing three or four more years at the very least. Eventually, he’ll start slowing down. But as he nears the 40-year-old mark in the next few years, he’s still continuing to play at a high level. Once the likes of Selanne and Jagr have called it quits, we’ll be talking about Elias as an ‘ageless wonder’.