For much of his 12 years with the Vancouver Canucks, Alex Edler has been defined by the things he is not. He never became the Norris Trophy candidate he had the potential to be. He does not dominate physically often enough. He is not a No. 1 defenceman as most people define it, not a classic power play quarterback. He is not emotional, not fiery, not loud in any way. In some games, he is not even particularly noticeable. Now 31-years-old, the soft-spoken defenceman never became a true star in the National Hockey League. And yet with all these "failings," what Alex Edler became Friday was the highest scoring defenceman in franchise history, which tells you something about how special he really is. Edler had a pair of assists in the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators, who overcame a two-goal deficit, tied the game late in the third and won it on Calle Jarnkrock’s top-corner shot 43 seconds into overtime. Playing some of the best hockey of his career last two months after it seemed like his decline would follow the team’s, Edler passed former mentor Mattias Ohlund’s 325 points on the Canucks’ career scoring list. Ohlund’s name is already on the Canucks’ Ring of Honour inside Rogers Arena. One day, flaws and all, Edler will be there, too.
Alex Edler’s special night comes after years of consistent play
Sportsnet | Mar 3