Today the New Jersey Devils held their annual awards ceremony, where multiple organizational awards are given out. The Team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2010-2011 NHL season, as voted on by the players, was Patrik Elias. In 2010-2011 Elias has appeared in 79 of the Devils 80 games to date. Missing only one game this season, which was marred with injury after injury, is an accomplishment in itself.
After 80 games played Patrik Elias leads the Devils in points scored with 61, three points more then Devils’ Russian Sniper Ilya Kovalchuk. Patrik has assist on 24.3% of the Devils goals this season, and is the team leader in that category. Elias has 11 more assists than Travis Zajac, who ranks second on the team in the assist.
Elias shared the Team’s MVP award in 2000-2001 with Martin Brodeur, the only other time he has earned the honor as a Devil. Elias has stepped up as a leader both on and off the ice in the absence of Alternate Captain Zach Parise and the departure of former Captain Jamie Langenbrunner.
In the 2010-2011 season Patrik Elias gave a shining example of what it means to be a great team player. The honor of being named the Devils Most Valuable Player is one that Elias truly deserved. In a season where the organization has seen some of the lowest of lows as well as highest of highs, Elias’ talent has shown above and beyond that of his teammate. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Elias, Mr. All-Star, Mr. MVP.