Patrik Elias is the leading scorer in team history, and has been intimately involved in some of the largest moments in team history as well, and while his greatness is overlooked, it doesn't get missed here. Elias became property of the Devils after being drafted in the second round (51st overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft. Atter a year in Czech, he came over to join the Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany, where he posted 63 points in 74 games, earning a one game promotion with the Devils.
The following season, Elias bounced back and forth between Albany and New Jersey, and surprisingly played in the playoffs for both teams that season. In 1996-97, after three more games in Albany, he was a Devil to stay. Along the way, there's been a lot of ups and a couple of downs, but Elias pretty much epitomizes what it is to be a Devils forward, not only being productive on the offensive end, but he plays a complete game in all three zones of the ice.
For his career, Elias has 314 goals and 440 assists in 880 career games. On top of that, he has added 40 goals and 77 assists in 138 playoff games, and many were of the clutch variety. He is amongst the list of four players who have six game winning goals in the playoffs. As for the regular season, he has scored as many overtime goals then any NHL player in history, as well as 70 game winning goals (also a team high) in his storied career.
He has scored 25 or more goals in six seasons, and topped the 60 point mark also six times. Other then two big scares he has given Devils fan, one health related due to getting hepatitis B while playing in Russia during the lockout and teasing the Devils by negotiating with the Rangers on a potential contract during free agency, Elias has given the Devils and their fans just about anything one can ask of or hope for from a player.
Best moment as a Devil: Elias finished off the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win in Philadelphia. He then went on to lead the charge against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals. culminating in a feed to Jason Arnott in the second overtime of Game Six to win his first Stanley Cup.
Worst moment as a Devil: Elias had the Devils and their fans greatly concerned when he contracted hepatitis during the lockout and it was not only a concern of whether or not Elias would be able to resume his career, but at one point his general health was even a question mark. Thankfully, he recovered, and returned to prominence.
Side note: I had to include this picture of him after the March 17, 2009 game, the night Martin Brodeur set the all-time wins record, it was an amazing night, and happened to also be the night Elias set the franchise record for most points. It will certainly always be remembered as a magical and memorable night for the New Jersey Devils.