Keith Yandle is a controversial blue liner in the NHL.
He’s a great puck mover, but his possession skills leave something to be desired — which is why he’s largely considered an exclusively offensive force, despite being a defenseman.
When it comes to long-range passing, though, few NHLers understand how to get it done better — and he reminded the Rangers fans of that to open up scoring in game three between New York and the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he flew the puck up the ice to give Carl Hagelin a point-blank scoring opportunity.
Sure enough, Hagelin cashed in — leaving little Marc-Andre Fleury could do beyond watch as his team allowed the first goal once again — and the Rangers pulled out in front.
Although the Rangers are one of the clear-cut favorites to take home the Stanley Cup this summer, there’s still doubt that they’ve got all the pieces they need. One has to think that after watching Hagelin receive Yandle’s pass with such control — and fire a point-blank shot at Fleury with such calm — that they might have what they need to take home the cup. At the very least, this looks like a team that’s going to make an extremely deep run — especially as Yandle continues to develop with Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash, Chris Kreider, and the rest of the team’s offensive starpower.