Perhaps almost as strong of a candidate as Kovalchuk for the captain’s C is Patrik Elias. As the longest-tenured skater on the Devils, Elias has seen just about everything in his career. He has seen the team through two Stanley Cup championships and our recent Eastern Conference championship last year. He even has experience as captain of the Devils already!
Even though Elias is getting older, his production this past season tied his highest since ’03-’04. He had a modest 26 goals this past year but a whopping 52 assists! The Devils’ all-time leading scorer definitely hasn’t taken a backseat on this team and I see no signs of age slowing him down now. Perhaps this would be the perfect season for him to reclaim the vacant captaincy. The franchise was rocked this off-season by the heartbreaking loss of Zach Parise, so a strong, athletic captain that has been beloved by the team for years may just be what everyone needs. The players, fans, and coaches all have tremendous respect for him; he would be a great captain.
For all the great reasons to have Elias as our new captain there has to be at least one reason to give the C to someone else. Elias has already had his time as captain and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give someone else their chance to shine. I sat staring at the computer for a while trying to come up with another reason for Elias to pass on being captain but I honestly can’t. He’d be a great pick, although he’s not mine! Who is my pick? Keep reading to find out!