You’d never know it by the tone in his voice or the quiet confidence he exudes that Keith Yandle
has become one of hockey’s best defencemen.
For all the fanfare over the season he’s had – one that’s seen him skate in his first All-Star Game – the blueliner from Beantown is truly unaffected by the rave reviews that continue to pour in for Phoenix’s alternate captain.
On the way to a morning skate in mid-February, Yandle, in his fifth NHL season, is very much the same person fans on the ice see: calm, cool and collected.
“I think one of the biggest things that helped me out was the way I was brought in to things,” said Yandle, who is currently leading all NHL defenceman in points in 2010-11. “I never felt any pressure from anyone. Instead, they let me find my game and develop naturally. Looking back, I think that was something that enabled me to grow into my role.”
Yandle, the 105th overall selection of the Coyotes, continues to up his game...
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