Vancouver Canucks D-Man Alexander Edler Finally Receives All-Star Game Nod

John BainCorrespondent IIJanuary 12, 2012

VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: Artem Anisimov #42 of the New York Rangers tries to block the shot of Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks during the first period in NHL action on October 18, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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With the NHL releasing the remainder of the All-Star Game roster earlier today, Canucks fans can finally relax now that defenseman Alexander Edler will be sent to the game.

Edler, who hasn't played in an All-Star Game in his career—with exception to his Youngstars appearance in 2008—has been much deserving of the honor for at least two seasons now.

A major issue with the fan voting process is that a lot of the time players who deserve to go to the ASG don't because fans don't vote for the best players, but rather their favorite players.

Coaches and GM’s should decide the All-Star Game roster and then the fans should vote on who starts based on that pool. Good thing the NHL filled out the rest of the pool right this season.

Aside from the flaws of the fan vote, Alexander Edler has had a terrific season and is arguably among the elite defenseman in the league today. He sits tied for third among defenseman with 30 points through 44 games this season to go along with his 86 hits and 65 blocked shots on the year.

With his calm, quiet demeanor, Edler has flown under the radar so far in his career, but has since become more noticeable. It is nice to see "Eddy" finally get recognized for his consistent play and hard work.

Last year it was especially disappointing to not have a Canucks defenseman selected from the pool of players for the All-Star Game. Their core defense was arguably the best in the NHL a season ago, and to not have a single guy representing there was a letdown.

In fact, a Vancouver Canucks defenseman hasn't participated in the All-Star Game since 2003, way back when Ed Jovanovski was still with the team.

To have the strong defense of the Canucks recognized through Edler in this year's ASG is a huge accomplishment not only for the team, but also for Edler, who was once referred to as the Canucks new Mattias Ohlund by teammate Kevin Bieksa.

At just 25 years old, Edler has plenty more ASG to participate in, but it's about time he is named to one. He is just entering the prime of his career, and will have a big opportunity to put his skill on display for the rest of the league on January 29, 2012 in Ottawa.

Congrats to Alexander Edler on your first All-Star Game!


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