Ranking the Best All-Stars in New Jersey Devils History

Adam Braun@abraun_15Contributor IJanuary 20, 2015

Ranking the Best All-Stars in New Jersey Devils History

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    Scott Stevens, who captained the Eastern Conference during the 2003 All-Star Game.
    Scott Stevens, who captained the Eastern Conference during the 2003 All-Star Game.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    The NHL's first All-Star festivities in three years are nearly upon us. Patrik Elias, deservedly or not, will be the only representative from the New Jersey Devils to travel to Columbus for the action.

    The Devils have had some tremendous representatives at the NHL All-Star Game in past years, and now is a perfect time to relive some of those memories. 

    With years of constant All-Star-caliber performances from Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Martin Brodeur, the Devils have left their mark on the NHL's midseason show.

5. Scott Stevens: 2000-01

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    Scott Stevens during the 2001 NHL All-Star Game.
    Scott Stevens during the 2001 NHL All-Star Game.Dave Sandford/Getty Images

    Scott Stevens is a Devils legend who, despite not putting up major offensive numbers for the majority of his time in New Jersey, was an All-Star 10 times as a Devil.

    So, why his 2000-01 All-Star season his top performance? In the spirit of the All-Star Game, this list will take an offensive focus.

    2000-01 was Stevens' best offensive season after 1993-94. In 10 seasons from 1984-85 to 1993-94, Stevens averaged 60 points a season. 

    His offensive prowess is often forgotten by Devils fans, as it was his shift to playing defense first that coincided with New Jersey's first Stanley Cup. Though he never again put up points like he did in the '80s, his three Stanley Cups more than made up for that.

    In 2000-01, he had 31 points, including three power-play goals and two game-winning goals. Most impressively, he had a plus-40 rating, his second highest single-season plus/minus.

    Stevens' ability to contribute offensively while being a second-to-none shutdown defender, and getting league-wide acknowledgment for it, makes 2000-01 Stevens' best All-Star season. 

4. Scott Niedermayer: 2003-04

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    Captain Scott Niedermayer takes a ceremonial faceoff during the 2004 season.
    Captain Scott Niedermayer takes a ceremonial faceoff during the 2004 season.CHRIS PUTMAN/Associated Press

    Scott Niedermayer, like Stevens, was a mainstay on the Devils during the team's run of three Stanley Cups in nine seasons. 

    Also like Stevens, Niedermayer was no stranger to NHL All-Star Games, as he played in five during his 18-year NHL career.

    Unlike Stevens, though, Niedermayer was a constant offensive threat throughout his career. 

    That offense is what puts Niedermayer above Stevens in this list. What Stevens was able to do over the course of a career was immensely impressive, but Niedermayer's offensive ability makes individual seasons stand out. 

    No season stands out more than the 2003-04 season, in which Niedermayer captained the Devils and the Eastern Conference All-Stars on his way to a Norris Trophy.

    Niedermayer led all Devils defensemen in goals with 14, assists with 40 and plus/minus with a plus-20 rating. 

3. Patrik Elias: 2014-15

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    Patrik Elias celebrates a goal during the 2001 NHL playoffs.
    Patrik Elias celebrates a goal during the 2001 NHL playoffs.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    I know what you're thinking: "Even Elias himself said he does not deserve to be an All-Star this year!"

    And you are right. But Elias himself made an excellent point when asked about his selection, per Tom Gulitti at the Fire and Ice blog:

    Obviously, it's a privilege to go, but do we deserve to have any of us go? No, we don't. I remember I was in that position in (2001) when I had those 96 points and I didn't get to go and you feel like you should be going. I'm sure there's 20-30 guys in the NHL that should be going if I'm not there and it always happens every year, so I feel for them, no question. 

    That 2000-01 season is statistically the best season any Devils forward has ever had. 

    The Devils have had only a few elite seasons from forwards, so those that have occurred are particularly worth celebrating. So, I will use his fortunate inclusion this season to focus on what the All-Star Game missed out on in 2001. 

    These are his numbers from that season:

    GPGAP+/-
    8240569645

    Elias' 2000-01 season ranks 10th in goals, fourth in assists, first in points and second in plus/minus in Devils history. 

    So, consider this year payback for a season in which Elias finished third in the league in points and sixth in Hart Trophy voting.

2. Zach Parise: 2008-09

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    Zach Parise poses with fellow all-star Jonathan Toews during the 2009 All-Star Game.
    Zach Parise poses with fellow all-star Jonathan Toews during the 2009 All-Star Game.Dave Sandford/Getty Images

    Zach Parise's name is rarely uttered in the Garden State anymore, but that is only because Devils fans know exactly how good the player they lost to Minnesota is.

    Parise's numbers from 2008-09 are not quite as good as Elias's from 2000-01, but they are close:

    GPGAP+/-
    8245499430

    Why does Parise's season rank ahead of Elias' if Elias had more points and a better plus/minus?

    Elias' 2000-01 season came on a team that scored 295 goals, while Parise's banner year occurred during a season in which the Devils scored only 244 goals. 

    Elias played with players such as Alexander Mogilny, Petr Sykora, Jason Arnott and Scott Gomez in their prime. Even Randy McKay and John Madden, not exactly goal scorers, each had 23 goals that season.

    Parise's best teammates were a 33-year-old Jamie Langenbrunner, a 30-year-old Brian Gionta and Elias himself. 

    Seven players on Elias' 2000-01 team scored more than 20 goals. Only three did so on Parise's 2008-09 team.

    In short, Parise's 2008-09 All-Star season is impressive on its merit alone, but it's even more incredible because he played on an average offensive team.

1. Martin Brodeur: 2006-07

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    Martin Brodeur watches a shot go wide during the 2007 All-Star Skills Competition.
    Martin Brodeur watches a shot go wide during the 2007 All-Star Skills Competition.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Martin Brodeur is surely the best Devils player of all time, so it should come as no surprise that he is the team's best All-Star as well. 

    Brodeur was so good for so long that individual seasons of his do not get the credit they deserve, simply because they tend to blend together. 

    Certainly, the season that stands out the most is 2006-07. 

    His numbers from that season are as follows (career highs are bolded):

    GPWLOTLGAASV%SO
    78482372.18.92212

    The first number to jump out is the wins total, which is an NHL record. But perhaps more impressive is his save percentage. 

    That .922 is the second best of his career, and it came only two seasons after the 2004-05 lockout, which saw the NHL crack down on hooking and holding, leading to an increase in scoring. 

    Brodeur was not only an All-Star, but he also won the Vezina Trophy and finished third in Hart Trophy voting. 

    With those numbers and accolades, Brodeur's 2006-07 season is the Devils' best All-Star season ever.

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