Patrik Elias isn't a fan of the All-Star player draft.
Selected by Team Staal with only five other players remaining, Elias said the process had a built-in insult factor for those who are bypassed until the end.
"I didn't enjoy it (much). The fans and media enjoy it. Whoever is going last is going to hear it for a long time," Elias said today. "It's not right. The guys are top players and you don't want to put guys in that position."
He was relieved not to be picked last.
"Kind of," he said.
Phil Kessel was the last pick and received a car for it. Elias said he would not have wanted to get a car for being last, although he was able to crack jokes during the draft.
"One was when they called the rookies up on the stage and we were still sitting there," Elias recalled. "I said, 'Holy (cow), the rookies are going before us. That's not good.' "
"I had a good time because my friends were there. I had a good experience, but there were some things I liked and some things I didn't enjoy as much."
Elias had difficulty getting home Monday from Raleigh, N.C. He was stuck for nine hours at the airport because of landing gear problems. His flight was scheduled for 6:45 a.m., and eventually had to fly into JFK and got home at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
"A disaster," Elias said, who got up at 4:45 a.m.
That came days after the Devils' team flight home from Detroit had to divert to Newburg, N.Y. The team had to take a bus home from there.
"It's been fun the last few flights," he said. "But we got home safely. That's the most important thing."
Elias said a few unexpected players stood out in the All-Star Game.
Patrik Elias didn't appreciate NHL All-Star player draft
Newark Star-Ledger | Feb 1