In general teams in any sport look for older, more experienced players to be captains. Keith Yandle fits that description more than most players on Florida’s roster. The defenseman has played in the NHL for 12 seasons, spending most of his time with the Coyotes.
Yandle is certainly a contributing member of the Panthers. He had 41 points and played all 82 games last season. Also the team knows that Yandle is here to stay; he is about to start the second year of a seven-year contract. One thing that may work against him being chosen as an alternate captain is his newness to the Panthers. Last year was his first season with Florida. Keith is a long shot for becoming assistant captain.