Where Art Thou?
He is at a near point for every two games pace in his short career, and holds the hardest shot title these past two years from the Canucks skills competition. He can lay out hits among the best in the league.
With his bountiful skills Alexander Edler has the ability to dominate opponents.
So why isn’t he doing it right now?
It is a question that Edler and his teammates urgently need to be answered or the team will pay the ultimate price with their eviction from the playoffs.
They are the more likely providers among the other defensemen.
He plays the most minutes of the unit and with the departure of Christian Ehrhoff at the end of last season he is expected to help run the point on the power play.
For all this talent though, Edler sometimes plays the game, like the old adage goes, as a million dollar player with a 10 cent head.
His two egregious puck handling errors, one in each game in these playoffs against the LA Kings, have cost the team in goals against at the most crucial of times.
I believe that these types of errors are what are really killing this Vancouver team right now as the team has already struggled to find goals against the excellent LA goaltender Jonathan Quick when needed, so when they give up one on an error, it means that it becomes even more challenging to skate uphill to salvage yet another goal.
We have seen the players visibly drop their heads on the ice following these mistakes.
Someone, perhaps team captain Henrik Sedin, needs to take the Swedish blue liner aside by the scruff of the neck and press him to do better.
Edler may sometimes be held somewhat in check by his introverted nature, but this is not the time to be hiding from his potential in the heat of the playoffs when his team needs him most.
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