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Devils’ Elias has work left to hit 1,000-point mark

Dec 22, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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Patrik Elias is closing in on a career milestone, but he still has some work to do.

Elias can hit the 1,000-point plateau this regular season, and that is something the 37-year-old New Jersey Devils’ veteran forward would like to get done this season, as well, according to The Star-Ledger. He currently sits at 954 regular season points throughout his career, which began with the Devils all the way back in the 1995-96 campaign.

Basic math: he needs 46 points the remainder of the way to hit 1,000 for his career. It’s definitely possible, but of course staying healthy is among the paramount factors in him getting it done this season, or next.

He experienced back issues earlier on in this season, getting placed on IR and missing six consecutive games in the first half of November as a result.

Through 29 games, Elias has 24 points, including five in the last three games, and 10 points in the last games.

He’s currently operating below a point-per-game clip on this season, and, with 45 games left on New Jersey’s schedule, would need to get above that level of production for the duration in order to hit the mark he’s currently chasing.

“I think he’s capable of that. I never measure guys’ play in points, but he should be a point-a-game guy. If he can do that, we’re going to be a lot better team over the second half,” Devils’ head coach Pete DeBoer told The New Jersey Star-Ledger.

  1. mj2sexay - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Literally had a debate as to whether he’s a Hall of Fame winger at the Devs-Ducks game Friday night.

    I think he is, but I also look at the world through red colored glasses.

    Thoughts?!?!

    • jerseydevi1 - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      I tend to agree, both on his HoF credentials and the red colored glasses. Numbers aside, he has been a leader almost since day one with the team and has won 3 cups. No surprise he has worn the C and A several times throughout his career.

      Sidebar – I remember seeing him play on a callup back in the day and remember having a conversation with the people around me about him and what kind of player he would be. Needless to say, he has been everything we expected and more. True Devil to the core. I would bet his numbers could be higher had he been in a different system, but I never remember him complaining, just did what he was asked and did it with class and excellence.

  2. thecheeman - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Has to be watched game in game out to be appreciated. I would like to see him go in because it would be strange if not a single forward from the Devils dynasty years was in the HOF, but I find it hard to make the argument for him on just the merits. The HOF should still be for the best ever, not just the “merely” great.

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