Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:01 AM
Elias has always been underrated and not only do I think he's a top 10 passer in the league like another poster said, I think he's up there with Datsyuk competing for the best passer in the league, period. His game now is not making highlight reel plays, but rather making plays happen with his vision. To me, Elias is like a chess player, he sees 5-10 moves ahead of everyone else and this allows him to know where the puck is going to be, where the open ice is and how to make the right play to either get the puck to open ice/player or to get there himself. You're not gonna see Elias deke defenders out of their pants, even though he could very well do that, instead, you'll see him always making the right pass and always being able to sneak into the open areas undetected because he knows where that open ice is going to be before anyone else realizes there's even any open ice to begin with. Elias is the ultimate hockey IQ player, he just sees the game in a way that few players do and that, more so than his physical abilities, is what has allowed him to be the great player that he has been and still is.
A note on Elias HOF chances, imo, if he doesn't make the HOF, it'll be a tragedy. As I said, he's the kind of player that sees the game like few players can and those types of players are, imo, the most deserving of making it into the HOF because they are pure hockey players, they play the game the way it was meant to be played and they become great, not through being gifted physically, but instead by always learning and advancing their game so that they have this understanding of the game that's beyond what most players can do and by being able to read the play better and quicker than anyone else can. These types of players just have such a high hockey IQ that it allows them to know where to be and what to do or allows them to see and make plays that the other players can't even imagine.