Number 2: Patrik Elias Round 2 Pick 51 1994
Whenever you can draft someone that plays 20 years with your organization that’s a huge win for a General Manager. When that player was a second-round selection, that makes the draft choice that much more impressive.
Patrik Elias was the second to last pick in the second round of the 1994 draft. He put up more career points, 1025, than any other player selected in the first two rounds.
In 20 years, all with the Devils, Elias had 1025 points (408 goals, 617 assists) in 1,240 games. His number hangs from the rafters and deservedly so as he’s one of the best to ever put on the Devils sweater.
Elias won two Stanley Cups with the organization and played in two others. His best year came in 2000-2001 when he had 96 points (40 goals, 56 assists). It was the only time Elias scored 40 goals in a season.
He played at a high level up until 2013-2014, his age 37 season. At age 37, he still was able to score 18 goals and give the Devils 53 points. He slowed down the last two years of his career, but the Devils wasted no time retiring his number.