With his assist on Petr Sykora's second goal against Buffalo on Wednesday night, Devils all-star Patrik Elias tallied the 500th assist of his NHL career, all with New Jersey. No other skater in team history has reached the 400 assist plateau (Scott Niedermayer's 364 are a distant second place).
In the illustrious history of the National Hockey League, Patrik Elias is now the 124th all-time assist leader having passed Marc Savard and Randy Carlyle last night. Elias's 848 points (and counting) are currently good enough for 116th overall. That is in the history of all players ever in the league. 885 points, tallied by Owen Nolan, is the current cut-off for the top 100 of all time.
It isn't hard to imagine Patrik reaching 600 assists and 1,000 points before his potentially hall-of-fame career comes to a close. This has been your friendly reminder that Patrik Elias is, in fact, amazing.