With the Devils' franchise points leader Patrik Elias just two goals away from tying Richard Martin's career regular season mark and moving into the top 100 All-Time, it's probably a good time to discuss where our Patty will sit among the great NHL scorers.
Elias, who was drafted in 51st overall in 1994, is already in the top 100 for regular season Assists, Total Points, and Plus-Minus. Even more impressive, he is in the top 65 for Goals, Assists, and Total Points in the Playoffs (including an astounding 38th in assists), along with being tied for 73rd in Pus-Minus.
Outstanding, but with two years left on a contract that will take him to 39 years old, he still has some points in him. Using his Points-Per-Game for this season, applying that to a safe guess in 60 games Per-Season, taking into account a possible (though small) drop-off, Elias, even if he retires upon the expiration of his contract, figures to score around 100 more points. That would take him to 1,057, good for 66th All-Time (the current 65 has 1,052, but that is Ray Whitney, and it's fairly safe to assume that he'll score more than five more points before he retires).
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