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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59