Scott Niedermayer last wore the 'C' in New Jersey in 2003-04, taking over temporarily from Scott Stevens after the former star defenceman missed the rest of that season with a concussion. Stevens, who was captain for 13 years, never returned and instead retired last September. The Devils went without a captain last season.
Elias, who signed a US$42-million, seven-year deal to stay in New Jersey in the off-season, has played his entire 10-year NHL career with the Devils.
The Czech native had 16 goals and 29 assists in 38 games last season. He missed the first half of the season while recovering from hepatitis, which he contracted while playing in Russia during the lockout season of 2004-05.