Patrik Elias Taking Mattias Tedenby Under His Wing

Anyone who watched Saturday’s game saw the chemistry on the Tedenby-Elias-Clarkson line. They were all over the ice and scored the second of the Devils’ two goals, which is saying something considering the only reason the trio is together is Adam Henrique’s injury. Pete DeBoer thinks it has a lot to do with the mentor-mentee relationship between Patrik Elias and Mattias Tedenby.

Via Tom Gulitti of The Record:

DeBoer likes how Elias has been active in speaking with linemate Mattias Tedenby during practices and games to try to help him the best he can.

“I think Patty’s taken Teddy under his wing, spent a lot of time with him,” DeBoer said. “He gives him a lot of feedback on a shift-to-shift basis and that’s invaluable. It’s one thing for a player to hear it from a coach. When you’re hearing it from a Hall of Fame player I think it’s another level of sinking in.”

Corey Griffin

This has to be music to any Devils’ fans ears. Tedenby wasn’t even a lock to make the team out of camp (although he was prohibitive favorite), but he played Saturday like we haven’t seen him really ever play a consistent basis in the NHL. It’s only one game, so fans have to keep their excitement in check, but the fact that Tedenby has taken to Elias is a very positive sign. Between Elias’ experience, knowledge and skill set, there might not be a better veteran for Tedenby to emulate. All that said, displaying chemistry and scoring goals against the Islanders and Flyers are two very different things, especially when Tedenby will likely be seeing a lot of Scott Hartnell tonight. Now that’s a matchup worth watching.