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04-07-2008, 07:10 AM
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Patrick is one of hockeys best LW in the game. He uses his hockey sense to let him tap totally into his offensive instincts be it throwing a blind past to one of his dangerous wingers or letting his sharp shot beat a goalie by potting the puck where the netminder has no hope of reaching it. He is a very fast elusive skater , leathal around the net using his lightining quick hands and reflexes are trademarks of his crafty finishing skills, deft one-touch passes are a trade marker of his game this aids Elias ability of making players around him better. He can battle with the best of them to create scoring chances whenever he is on the ice. He has superb two-way game. and is a master of slipping away from coverage and possesses great flow in his game which helps him to control the pace ofthe game. Patricks burning desire allows him to elevate his game when it matters. Once he gets his game rolling he is almost unstoppable.

He is one of the devils all time greats leading the team in scoring 7 times and finishing 2nd overall twice.


Elias was picked by New Jersey 51st overall in the second round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft but decided to stay in the Czech Republic with Kladno for one more year before going to the NHL. At only 19 years of age he immediately joined a powerful Devils team that would win the Stanley Cup in 1995.


Impressed by his stats and his hard work in the AHL, management moved Elias up to the NHL for the 1997 playoffs and he produced immediately, scoring five points in eight post-season games. The following season, New Jersey called him up to the NHL again and he immediately met the challenge of big-league play, scoring 18 goals and registering 19 assists that year and finishing third in the balloting for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best rookie. Close observers of the game noted that only Calder winner Sergei Samsonov of Boston scored more goals than Elias, and only Samsonov and Toronto's Mike Johnson had more points.

The one significant downside to Elias's career in the NHL since making the move to the big time came in 1998 when he failed to make the powerful Czech Olympic team that ended up winning top honours at the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. However, Elias would get his opportunoty to shine with his homeland at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1999-00 Elias went on to score 35 goals and 72 points in the regular season, and was instrumental in leading the Devils to their second Stanley Cup victory. Elias established career highs in goals (40), assists (56) and points (96) in 2000-01 leading the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final for a second consecutive season before falling short against the Colorado Avalanche.

A member of the Czech Republic's Olympic Team in 2002 and One of the premier players in the league, Elias captured went on to capture his second Stanley Cup title in 2003 despite having his least productive season offensively since the 1998-99 tallying 57 points (28-29-57). Elias rebounded offensively in 2003-04 with 81 points (38-43-81), yet the Devils fell short in their attempt to repeat as Cup champions
Reg Season stats 744 264 364 628 371
Playoffs 121 35 69 104 71

Can't edit the other bio. Adding info about him.


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