Kevin Hoffman/US PresswirePatrik Elias has 15 goals and 25 assists this season.
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.