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Elias 'lucky' to have played with Niedermayer

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 1:30 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Elias \'lucky\' to have played with Niedermayer

Patrik Elias and Scott Niedermayer were teammates for parts of nine seasons, winning two titles together in 2000 and 2003. Elias spoke about Niedermayer one day after Niedermayer had been named by the Hockey Hall of Fame to its Class of 2013.

Elias and Niedermayer in 2004.
What did you think when you heard that Scott was officially going into the Hall of Fame?
Elias: I didn't know he was that old. (laughs)

I think it's fitting, well deserved. For me, being his teammate for quite a while, he was probably the best defenseman with Scotty [Stevens], obviously, that I had the privilege to play with so far. They both brought different dimensions to the game. Nieder made it look very easy, not just for himself but he made the game easier for us as his teammates and as forwards. He always seemed like a fourth forward out there.

Great guy, great person off the ice, great family. I was the lucky one to be able to play with him.

Was he one of the best skaters you've seen?
He played 25, 30 minutes a game and he didn't have a sweat. He had a couple of drops on his forehead – that's how easy he made it look in the game. He just tried and it didn't look like he was putting any effort into it. I'm sure if he had the will, that maybe he still could play at this point. He's that type of guy.

What do you remember most about his career?
For me, it was when Scotty [Stevens] was done and [Niedermayer] took over as the captain and he really stepped into a different role as a leader. He played some of the best hockey I'd ever seen him play. A lot of people weren't sure what it was going to be like, if he could be in that role because he's a quiet guy. He did an amazing job. For me, that was it, just taking over the team and pretty much carrying the team on his back.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42