Patrik Elias may be the most beloved New Jersey Devils player of this generation. He doesn’t have the outside the team haters like Martin Brodeur. He generally keeps himself in line off the ice, is an upstanding citizen for the community and is the guy you want representing the team.
His season on the ice in 2013-14 was not his best. He only scored 18 goals, was injured and missed 17 games throughout the season with different ailments. He did notch 53 points, which was good for second on the team behind Jaromir Jagr. He had 35 assists despite not playing on a line with Jagr or Adam Henrique.
When you look at some of Elias’ secondary stats, you get to see how much he affected the team. He was terrible in the faceoff circle, only winning 40.8 percent of draws. He was second on the team in power play points with 17, only behind Marek Zidlicky. What’s even more impressive is he had six shorthanded points. He was a star forward who takes a key part in the best penalty kill in the NHL.
Elias obviously was a key part of this Devils team. He brought leadership to the ice. He is a good forechecker on a team that wins with turnovers as he recorded 26 takeaways on the season. He has a motor that never seems to stop.
The 38-year-old forward is not the same guy who could score 80 points in a season, but he is definitely worth a lot to this team. He has two more years on his deal, and nobody is complaining. This season wasn’t Elias’ best, but he did enough to deserve a decent grade.
Season Grade: B