Phoenix Coyotes: Keith Yandle Emerging as Top Defenseman

January 15th, 2011 by Mark Brown Leave a reply »
For now, there might be some disappointment, but gaining a roster spot for the up-coming NHL All-Star Game is not a huge priority for Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.

If you ask Yandle, a 24-year-old native of Boston, an All-Star selection is much ado about nothing. Sure, this would be something special, he indicated, but certainly not a consequence from which he will lose any sleep.

Last week, the NHL announced its selection of players for the NHL All-Star Games Jan. 30 at the RNC Center in Raleigh. Of the 10 defensemen chosen, four were from the Western Conference, including Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit, Brent Burns of Minnesota, Shea Weber of Nashville and Dan Boyle of San Jose.

"Sure, it would have been nice, and it's a great honor to play in this game," Yandle said after the Coyotes defeated Anaheim, 6-2 Jan. 15. "Life goes on, and I'm concerned only with the next game."

If growth and experience continue to be evident, there may not be too many All-Star disappointments ahead for Yandle.

Though his efforts are well documented among his teammates and coaching staff, the fact that Yandle ...

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