I’ll start with Alex Edler, who I have been writing about for two seasons now and its still, same old, same old. The Canucks seem to feel that he's loaded with potential, but these days he plays like he’s lost.
His head may sit on a 6’3’’, 215 lb. frame but his heart is somewhere else, along with his thought process.
He leads the team in plus-minus with a minus-seven; a number that would be up in the stratosphere, if he did not have the luxury of a spot on the power play.
Can't figure that one out either, because he sure hasn't earned it.
His reads are somewhere in the bleachers, his physical play lacking, his consistent use of the stick check, which usually results in him being out of position, drives me crazy.
This guy plays without a quality that I think will keep him from seeing his potential come to fruition, “PASSION”.
Edler, as described in the Vancouver media, is a laid back “dude”. That may be so, but all the abilities in the world don't count for squat, unless you have some passion in your game.
Has anyone even seen him get upset in a game, or push someone back?
What has happened to the art of taking your man out of the play with your body? I mean he skates well enough, so why doesn't he use his size?
One of my coaching mantras was “be the best that you can be”, and Alex is short changing himself by not adhering to that.
He has the tools to be a top two defenseman with the Canucks, and was expected to fill in the gap by the departed Mattias Ohlund but instead looks disinterested on most nights.
This is now his third season and I don’t see him leaning towards improvement. With the Canucks paying him $3.25M, that's a lotta coin to be paying for a D man playing this poorly.
On the other hand, if you look at it from the glass-half-full perspective, then I guess he is halfway through the five-to-six years it takes for a defenseman to mature.
But who can wait that long these days?