Alexander Edler was born April 21, 1986 in Ostersund, Sweden. Vancouver's second choice, 91st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Edler spent a pair of seasons with Jamtland and Modo Jr. in the Swedish league before he arrived in North America.
An offensively gifted defenceman, Edler was selected by Kelowna in the CHL Import Draft in 2005. In his rookie year of junior he competed in 62 games with Kelowna and became one of the league's top prospects, scoring 53 points in 62 games. After being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, Edler quickly made the switch from junior to pro and laced up the skates with the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Manitoba. He made his NHL debut in November, 2006 after one of the Canucks top defenceman went down with an injury. Edler would see action in 22 games with the Cancuks and would prove to be one of the club's top young prospects.
On the international stage, Edler has twice represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships (2006) and the World Championships (2008).