The Vancouver Canucks got back Ryan Kesler on Monday. Now they need Alex Edler.

After all their struggles this truncated season — the injuries, the crisis at centre ice, the oxymoron power play, the lack of Sedinery for stretches and the universal inability to win faceoffs — the Canucks suddenly have a lineup that at least looks comparable to the one that played for the Stanley Cup two years ago.

Last week’s acquisition of another offensive centre, Derek Roy, and the surprise return from injury of Kesler without even one full practice, makes the Canucks a significantly better team.

They’re 3-0 with Roy after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 on Monday. Kesler scored, so Allen Iverson must have been on to something about the frivolity of practising.

Assuming Kesler stays healthy and plays well enough to have a trickle-up effect, luring some defenders away from Daniel and Henrik Sedin and making the power play better (there are a lot of invisible “ifs” in this sentence), he is powerless to help Edler.

Not quite 27, but 423 games into his National Hockey League career, Edler is old enough to help himself.

With a six-year, $30-million-US contract extension beginning next season, the Swede will be paid like a No. 1 defenceman. He needs to play like one, too.

Edler can be a game-changer, impactful at each end of the ice. But too often this season he has been noticeable for mistakes that cause a scoring chance or penalty or goal.

“I think Alex, throughout the year, has had some real good moments (but) shown signs of not the consistency we’re looking for,” Canuck coach Alain Vigneault said diplomatically. “He’s still a young player and we’re working with him to put it all together and become the player we think he can become.”