Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/1/13
Edler’s potential realized under Torts? Alex Edler is a guy who’s almost impossible to miss on the ice – for both bad and good reasons. The flashes of brilliance from the Swedish rearguard are just that – brilliant. When he’s on, Edler is an effective puck distributer who delivers thunderous checks and has a nice offensive touch. But when he’s bad – he’s terrible. Questionable pinches, dumb penalties and boneheaded turnovers are what a lot of us remember about Edler from last year. I still have nightmares about that Kevin Bieksa/Edler pairing from last year and I believe that was one of the biggest issues with Edler last year – Alain Vigneault just didn’t know how to use him properly. Ideally, you want Edler paired up with someone like Dan Hamhuis or even Jason Garrison – responsible players defensively who can also pitch in with some points. What Edler isn’t is a quarterback on the power play, another role completely miscast by Vigneault last season. Enter new head coach John Torto
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