Before I begin, I’d like to thank Michael Amato for his tremendous work on the Forensics column. Mike will be taking over the Wild West column regularly and I congratulate him for that.
Keith Yandle is a player who can change a game with his speed, skills and smarts. What can we expect from him going forward now that Oliver Ekman-Larsson is rounding into form? That’s what I’m here to discuss today.
Yandle is also drawing a ton of trade interest, with teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers looking to add a puck moving defenseman that will play over twenty minutes each game. The Red Wings are especially interesting, because Yandle could really help a blue line that will be without Nicklas Lidstrom. The Coyotes are looking for a centre in return, so you have to figure Detroit will be offering Valtteri Filppula in a package for Yandle.
Yandle’s offensive production is impressive to say the least and many thought he would continue to produce like an elite defenseman, hitting at least sixty points. Yandle debuted with the Coyotes in 2006-2007, playing just seven games and putting up two points. However, as you can see below, he improved with each year of experience.
|2006-07||(7 GP)- 20:10 TOI/G, 2 points, 10 SOG, 2 PPP|
|2007-08||(43 GP)- 14:04 TOI/G, 12 points, 72 SOG, 4 PPP|
|2008-09||(69 GP)- 16:37 TOI/G, 30 points, 118 SOG, 13 PPP|
|2009-10||(82 GP)- 20:14 TOI/G, 41 points, 145 SOG, 16 PPP|
|2010-11||(82 GP)- 24:23 TOI/G, 59 points, 199 SOG, 26 PPP|
|2011-12||(82 GP)- 22:20 TOI/G, 43 points, 196 SOG, 11 PPP|
Yandle also ranked eleventh overall at the end of the 2012 season in shots on goal by defenseman, as shown below:
Erik Karlsson- 261 SOG
Dan Boyle- 252 SOG
Shea Weber- 230 SOG
Alexander Edler- 228 SOG
Zdeno Chara- 224 SOG
Dustin Byfuglien- 223 SOG
P.K. Subban- 205 SOG
Alex Pietrangelo- 202 SOG
Dion Phaneuf- 202 SOG
Brent Burns- 201 SOG
Keith Yandle- 196 SOG
Looking at some rankings, Yandle is the thirteenth defenseman going off the board in Yahoo fantasy leagues. Yandle checks in as the sixteenth ranked defenseman on ESPN’s rankings. There’s still plenty of value there and you shouldn’t hesitate if you can get him that late.
Assuming Keith Yandle is full healthy this upcoming season, here are my projections for him:
15 G-40 A-55 P-200 SOG-22 PPP.
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