After watching two fo the Devils' first four games this season (if I didn't live in Virginia, it'd be all four), and watching a couple Devils, namely Parise, obviously, and Patrik Elias, skate extermely well, I started wondering, what are the odds Elias ends up being inducted to the Hall of Fame?
Now, I don't calim to know exactly what requirements one needs to meet to be inducted, but as far as value to a team over an extended period of time goes, Elias has been a key component of the Devils since the '97-98 season. He's consistently played over 70 games per season, excluding the lockout shortened season and being afflicted with Hepatitis because of it (indirectly), and an unfortunate injury in the '09-10 campaign, and has scored 20 goals or more nine times, including four seasons over 30, and one season at 40 goals. He holds numerous NJ Devils records, one of which is his team record of 96 points in the Stanley Cup wininng season of 2000-01, one of his two Cups, and no one will ever forget that pass. Not to mention the record he shares with Mats Sundin, Sergei Federov, and Jaromir Jagr for most overtime game-winners, at 15 for their careers. He's approaching 400 goals for his career, including the playoffs, and is internationally recognized as a key part of the Czech Republic's national team, and is an alternate captain for them.
Patrik Elias has had an outstanding career, and I think his understated skill has made him a potential entrant to the Hall of Fame, and personally I think he has been almost as important to the team's success as Martin Brodeur. Obviously, his career is not over yet, hopefully by a long shot, but I'd like to know what other fans of the New Jersey Devils think, and hopefully this discussion is brought up again in the future by the people who make the important decisions.