Blue Line Big Man: Vancouver Canucks Alex Edler under the spotlight

We Are All Canucks…

Starting during the 2008-09 season,the Vancouver Canucks dropped the “We Are All Canucks” campaign on their fans.


Over time, the marketing department may have gone in different directions, but at the end of the day, the team still wants us to feel that we are the seventh man on the ice.

After checking in on two of the big guns for the Canucks over the past two weeks (Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler), we take a look at one of the blue line guys, as we profile Alex Edler‘s contribution to the team over the past seven days.

With a relatively short work week, Edler failed to tally a single point in the Canucks three game homestand, freezing the Swedish defender at 16 points on the season, two back of league leading blue liners Brian Campbell and Erik Karlsson.

Though unable to figure in on the scoreboard, Edler still stands in third place on the Canucks scoring chart, trailing only the twins.

Alex Edler

A big payday could be in Alex Edler's future.

Logging a pair of games in which he saw thirty shifts of ice time, Edler has done his best to fill the role of the departed Christian Ehrhoff, including Sunday’s matchup against the surprising Ottawa Senators, a game that Edler was not expected to play.

Paired with Sami Salo for the most part so far this season, Edler has brought back memories of Finnish defender Jyrki Lumme, playing the role of an offensive defenseman.

While he has only netted three goals, it is the thirteen assists that shows Edler’s ability to lead the offensive attack, and to date has been the most reliable man on the blue line for the Canucks over the course of their first twenty games.

With only one more year on his contract, Edler has taken advantage of being in the right place at the right time and if his current production is any indication of how the remainder of the 2011-12 season will finish, a big payday could be in his future.

However, as with many of his teammates, there is no doubt that the Swedish defender would rather have his name etched on Lord Stanley’s cup than a couple of extra bucks.

Alexander Edler Profile:

Position: Defense
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215 lbs
Birthdate: April 21, 1986
Birthplace: Ostersund
Draft: 2004 – Round 3 (91 overall) by Vancouver


Canucks Record:  2-1  Goals:  0, Assists:  0, Points:  0, Plus/Minus -1        

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