Growing up in Milton, Mass., Yandle often dreamed of being a firefighter. In an odd sort of way, that's exactly what he's become. As an NHL defenseman, Yandle's first priority is to snuff out opposing offenses. Strangely, he's at his best when igniting them.
An explosive skater with outstanding passing and puck-handling skills, Yandle has become one of the NHL's best offensive defensemen. Yandle, a consistent leader among NHL defensemen in assists, power-play assists and power-play points, also has one of the game's most lethal shots and he's established himself as one of the game's best power-play quarterbacks. His NHL career, however, started rather humbly.