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Keith Yandle
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Born September 9, 1986 (1986-09-09) (age 32)
Milton, Massachusetts
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Arizona Coyotes
New York Rangers
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 105th overall, 2005
Arizona Coyotes
Playing career 2006–present

Keith Yandle (born Keith Michael Yandle on September 9, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He previously played for the New York Rangers and the Arizona Coyotes, the organization he was drafted by in the fourth round (105th overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

He quickly established himself as a premier offensive defenseman, leading the Phoenix Coyotes in points in both the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons.

Playing CareerEdit

Amateur Playing CareerEdit

Keith attended Milton High School and Cushing Academy where he was close friends with the New York Rangers' Chris Bourque and was he slated to attend the University of New Hampshire where his brother Brian played from 2002 to 2006.

However, he decided to forgo his college eligibility and instead decided to play for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Playing in 66 games in 2005–06, he tallied 25 goals and 59 assists for 84 points.

The Wildcats won the QMJHL championship and Keith took home the League's Emile Bouchard Trophy (best defenseman) and Telus Trophy (defensive player of the year).

Professional Playing CareerEdit

Drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fourth round (105th overall) in 2005, Keith made his NHL debut on October 11, 2006, against the Detroit Red Wings, logging 20 minutes of ice time in the game.

In the 2007–08 season, he participated in the AHL All-Star Game as a member of the PlanetUSA team.

In his first Stanley Cup playoff game, on April 14, 2010, he scored the first goal for the Phoenix Coyotes against the Red Wings to tie the game at 1–1. He would later add an assist and be named one of the game's three stars.

Keith was named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game as a replacement for the Atlanta Thrashers' Tobias Enstrom.

Shortly after free agency began on July 1, 2011, Keith signed a five-year contract extension with the Coyotes worth $26.25 million.

He played an integral role in the Coyotes' push in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs that saw them face the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final, contributing nine points during their run.

On November 12, 2014, Keith played in his 400th consecutive game with the team. He ranks second all-time on the franchise's longest consecutive games played list, behind only Dale Hawerchuk (475).

On March 1, 2015, Keith was traded to the New York Rangers along with defenseman Chris Summers and a 2015 fourth-round pick in exchange for defenseman John Moore, forward Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick and a 2015 second-round (Oliver Kylington), the second-round pick was then dealt to the Calgary Flames for a pair of third-round picks (Adin Hill & Jens Looke).

On June 20, 2016, as an impending free agent, Keith's rights were traded by the Rangers to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a conditional 2017 4th round draft pick and a 2016 6th round draft pick.

Three days later on June 23, 2016, he agreed to forgo free agency to sign a 7-year, $44 million contract with the Florida Panthers.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06Moncton WildcatsQMJHL66255984109216142036
2006–07San Antonio RampageAHL696273397
2006–07Phoenix CoyotesNHL70228
2007–08San Antonio RampageAHL30114158050008
2007–08Phoenix CoyotesNHL43571214
2008–09Phoenix CoyotesNHL694263037
2009–10Phoenix CoyotesNHL821229414572354
2010–11Phoenix CoyotesNHL821148596840550
2011–12Phoenix CoyotesNHL82113243511618910
2012–13Phoenix CoyotesNHL4810203054
2013–14Phoenix CoyotesNHL828455363
2014-15Arizona CoyotesNHL634374132
2014–15New York RangersNHL212911819291110
2015–16New York RangersNHL82542474051012
NHL totals 661 72 297 369 420 51 6 25 31 26

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WC 13th 6 1 3 4 0
Senior totals 6 1 3 4 0

AccoladesEdit

Awards Year
QMJHL
First All-Star Team 2006
Defensive Player of the Year 2006
Emile Bouchard Trophy 2006
CHL First All-Star Team 2006
CHL Defenseman of the Year 2006
AHL
All-Star Game 2008
NHL
All-Star Game 2011, 2012