Wow. Patrik Elias is a -14. It’s so crazy because he came back from hepatitis last season and seemed to thrive. Now, healthy for a while, he’s struggling.
A big part of that has to be that as the Devils have lost more and more of their core defensemen, the forwards have had to shoulder more and more of the defensive responsibility. My thought is that Elias was so busy last season, he didn’t realize that was going on, but now, starting fresh, he has time to actually look and see who’s playing behind him.