Phoenix Coyotes: Keith Yandle Makes Case For Team USA In Win vs. Chicago Blackhawks

By evanleblanc
Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

In front of the members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team, Team USA Olympic snub Keith Yandle made quite a favorable impression on those who watched. Some members of the “Miracle on Ice Team” took note of his play, taking the time out to compliment him after the game.

The best player for the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, Yandle scored seven seconds into a PP on a rocket that I am completely confident that Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford never saw. He also had an assist in this game, meaning that he had points on both goals in a 2-0 win.

True to form as a Coyote, Yandle had a physical game, throwing hits, working hard to free the puck and buzzing along the points at the right moments. This team truly does do all the little things right and Yandle is no exception — a hard-working, well-conditioned player that can log a lot of minutes without seeing the quality of his play drop.

The fact that he is not playing in Sochi is very surprising to me. I think that he has definitely been one of the top American d-men in the past few years, and he definitely should have been included. It is good to have youth on an Olympic team, but I am concerned that Team USA might have left some high-quality players at home as a result.

Also, it is my opinion that Yandle is not as well known because he’s playing in Phoenix. When Phoenix made the Western Conference finals in 2011-12 against the Kings, it did get them some exposure, but I still do not feel that this team gets the respect that it deserves. Maybe Yandle can be the one to break through and win an individual award like the Norris in the coming years to draw more attention to the ‘Yotes.

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