Seriously! He's lucky he got off with just five games.
( and the last pre-season games ) I've seen pee wee kids have better control of their sticks! It was a reckless play which deserves some disciplinary action for sure. What if he caused serious nerve damage to the poor guys jaw ... debilitating nerve damage that could potentially be life altering? That has to be taken into account just as much as the action.
Trying to justify it by saying " He didn't know anyone was going to be in that position to receive the stick in his face ... " That crap doesn't fly! The point is to be aware of your stick and equipment at all times. It's no different than skating into a scrum and gliding over some poor dude laying on the ice and slicing him up with your skate. It's called common sense, use it.
Yes, I can agree it was an accident, but some accidents still justify repercussions ... and this is a case that warrants repercussions.
Edler is a great asset ... he has talent, size, and can play a physical game. What he doesn't have and what we desperately need is a mean streak. As cliche as it sounds, we need grit, someone with total determination to do whatever it takes to gain puck possesion. Edler should sit down and watch some video of players like , Scott Stevens, Claude Lemiuex, Chris Pronger, etc. Yeah, those guys were/are hated by everyone except their teamates and the fans of the team they played for. When I was a kid I friggin' hated Esa Tikkanen with a passion. He was dirty, he had skill, he made life hell for the teams he played against and he was an invaluable asset to his team. When he came to Vancouver, I groaned but quickly realized his worth ... even though it was in the twilight of his carreer. If MG were to trade valuable assets, this is the type of player he should be seeking; skill, talent, size and grit.