Posted 11 November 2002 - 06:11 PM
Elias has expressed that he misses Sykora and Arnott more than he thought.
I read that to say, the talent to play with Elias in Elias's opinion isn't there for him to be productive.
I agree he didn't work well with Gomez last season when that was tried.
He hasn't worked well with Niewy & Langer, well neither of them are 1st line players so it shouldn't work well. Gomez is fast reacting, passing and moving the puck but isn't the guy for Elias.
Friessen so far IMO is a waste and belongs on a 3rd or 4th line.
Elias wants to play with the same players and develop knowing where each guy will be before they get there. This won't happen with this offense crew because the talent isn't there to play to the Elias level. He is frustrated with that point and therefore himself.
In addition he believes in offense and plays good defense, but Burns style is defense first, with little offense, so this is frustration Elias.
IMO Elias has been very good on defense, better than most and made better hits than some of the defensemen.
Maybe the right combinations are there, somewhere, but this doesn't develop in one game. Look how much time it took in the past for Sykora, Elias and Arnott to get their timing down and together when one of them wasn't there at start of training camp. That's my point, no quick fix especially with 3rd and 4th line offensive players. Gomez is a good player he just doesn't work well with Elias, Gomez could be a 1st line player.
IMO Elias, Gomez and Brylin should be put together for a month, but then the Devils wouldn't have much else in the way of an explosive offensive line. To 3rd lines amd 1one 4th line don't make an offense.
Devils need more help offensively.