Alex Edler's secondary assist on Tanner Pearson's 100th career goal - an empty-netter with 45 seconds to play in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night - won't make his career highlight reel, but it was significant nonetheless.
With the helper, Edler became the Canucks franchise leader in assists by a defenceman passing Dennis Kearns with 291; the 33-year-old Swede is already Vancouver's franchise leader in goals and points by a blueliner, so it was just a matter of time before he led in all three categories.
Video: ARI@VAN: Pearson scores empty-netter for 100th goal
Edler, who was drafted 91st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver and is the longest tenured player on the Canucks, has four goals and 17 assists in 38 games this season. Over his 14 year NHL career, all played in Vancouver, Edler has 98 goals and 291 assists in 852 games.
Edler signed a two-year contract extension in Vancouver this past off-season, meaning there are many more milestones for the Canucks alternate captain to hit. Next up: he's two goals shy of becoming the first Vancouver defenceman to score 100 in their career. Edler is also three power play goals away from moving into first for most in franchise history, with 47.
Video: LAK@VAN: Edler blasts one-timer past Quick
As far as games played go, Edler is 33 away from moving into fifth all-time with the Canucks. He already owns the record for career games played by a defenceman.
In summary, respect your Edlers.