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Recalling defenseman Keith Yandle to replace injured Keith Ballard was an obvious choice for the Coyotes.

Yandle, 20, impressed the coaching staff during training camp and was one of the last players demoted before the regular season started last week.

"The biggest reason he didn't make our team was we had six NHL defensemen and there just wasn't room," coach Wayne Gretzky said. "Now he gets his chance. We really think he's a special player and brings something unique to our power play."

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