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Elias was snubbed

1/12/2012

Kevin Hoffman/US Presswire

Patrik Elias has 15 goals and 25 assists this season.

On Thursday, no Devils were chosen to play in the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Ottawa.

Patrik Elias should've been selected.

The Devils would not be where they are right now -- sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings -- without Elias, their most consistent player. He centers their most consistent line and currently leads the team in points (40), assists (25) and power-play goals (six).

On Dec. 16, Elias became the franchise's all-time leader in goals. Last Friday, he became the 271st player in NHL history to appear in 1,000 games.

At age 35, the 14-year veteran likely prefers to get rest during the break rather than play in the game. And Elias has already played in three All-Star Games.

Still, given the season he's had and the milestones he has reached, Elias deserved to be there.