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Submitted by jaywillen on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 22:15

Which one of you can tell me which Gustav Nyquist Red Jersey New Jersey Devil player is the original six-million dollar man? I know that a lot of Devils' fans would say, Ilya Kovalchuk, the team's alternate captain, and I clearly understand why most of you might think of him as your first choice. Who wouldn't? He holds the NHL record for the longest contract after signing an extension deal worth $100-million for 15 years, but he is not who I'm talking about. The Devils' original six-million dollar man is none other than his co-captain, Patrik Elias.

A seven-year, $42-million deal was offered to Elias before the start of the 2006-2007 season and he has surely proven his worth in many instances. He earned it back in October 2006 as the captain of the Devils and led their team to become first in the Atlantic division, second overall in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 49-33. They would bow out to the Ottawa Senators in the Conference Semi-finals at 1-4. The Devils would not be able to move pass the first round in the succeeding playoffs until last year where they reached the finals against the L.A. Kings.

At age 36, he is still racking up the stat sheets topping the league in points. Just last season, Elias was runner-up as the Devil's top scorer and, what is even more Frans Nielsen Womens Jersey remarkable is that, he ranked tenth overall throughout the entire league with 78 points (26 goals, 52 assists). With his pace at about a point per game, it will be tough for any other Devil to surpass his franchise-setting records. He currently holds the team record for most season points, 96, and most game-winning goals, 74. He's around 20 goals and 200 points ahead of the former Devils MVP and now assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, John MacLean.

If you look closely at his stats, you'll see that he has an average of 0.84 points per game. Throughout 14 years of being in the league, that really is a rare feat to accomplish, ranking 19th among active players. As all players go through an expected trend line, we'll be able to assume that Patrik's goal and point averages will decrease, but he'll still be able to remain productive in the assists category. Despite this, you can't disregard his leadership skills and off-the-court contributions, like his presence in the locker room.

With only a few years left in his tank before he completely takes much less time on the ice, one can't help but imagine until when he will be able to play at such a high level. Whether he maintains this at his current pace or declines in the coming years, we can be sure that his number will eventually be raised to the rafters of the Prudential Center.