Do not let your Marty hate cloud your judgement on other stuff. Zubrus may just be a 3rd liner on other teams but not for this particular team, he is very important. Kovy was a beast for the 2011-2012 season, Elias was not better than him that year or this season. Where was Patty when Kovy got hurt for ten games? He got completely shutdown, he started to produce again when Kovy returned, it was not a coincidence. Yes Patty brings the two way game blah blah blah, but he was completely invisible for a huge portion of this shortened season when we needed him most. Clarkson was awful after that hot streak and was also completely shut down when Kovy was out. He had a stretch of like 2 assists in 33 games, Marty had the same in that stretch. Clarkson is the definition of inconsistency and is useless when he is not scoring.
I get the desire to defend Kovy, but let's not bash Elias. It's almost impossible to succeed when you're the only viable scoring threat, which is what Elias was when Kovy went down. Also, Patty's defense and penalty killing are huge. He's an elite defensive forward, and the Devils have built an identity based on 2 way play. Kovy's gotten much better, but Elias is still the master.
Also, I don't get how people are minusing Patty or Kovy. I know most of us want one or the other to win, but they're both clearly the best players on the team. I'm not voting Kovy down until everyone else is gone.