No, I don't think he's at the top of his game at the moment. That's not what this discussion is about, though. It's about his abilities in general. The way some folks around here talk, it's like Edler is an all around horrible defenseman, which is just so completely false. I wish I had a better grasp on advanced statistics so I could provide some facts but I'm totally lost with that stuff. All I know is that often times when I watch Edler, I see a sizeable, calm defenseman who has his blemishes in his own zone from time to time, but whose good qualities far outweigh the bad. He's a decent skater for his size, his outlet passing is very good (I notice several of his assists come off sweet outlet passes to forwards rushing up ice) and he's not afraid of physicality, although he's not a mean defenseman who necessarily initiates the phsicality all the time.
In short, he's far from the perfect defenseman, but folks, that's why he's NOT one of the best defensemen in the league. You guys criticize people for thinking highly of Edler, yet at the same time you hold him to those high standards. Doesn't compute.
Statistics are always handy but only provide half the facts when it comes to a players ability. Edler is a liability. Like I have said before in this post, he can shoot and score, but as an actual defenseman his game is lacking. Saying there are "blemishes" from time to time is the understatement of the year.
Fact is he is the highest paid defenseman on the Canucks, so by logic that would indicate that he is the best of the blueline. However nothing could be farther from the truth, NUx Fan. As a defenseman
, he is woefully underperforming in his own end. He is positionally stunned, completely inconsistent with his physicality and zone coverage, and seems confused.
The only Canucks making more than him are Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Roberto Luongo. He makes the same as Ryan Kesler. However if you consider the achievements and ability to dominate play that the four aforementioned players have, Edler is flat out not earning his money. He needs to be a force out there every night. He isn't. At all.
As a forward, he is more than adequate.