As you may have noticed in previous reviews of Detroit’s prospects, we don’t have much after Smith. That all could change if the Red Wings sign free-agent prospect Danny DeKeyser.
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A friend sent me this link from DatsyukianDeke that had a quick write-up of DeKeyser. According to DatsyukianDeke and ESPN, DeKeyser is the top undrafted player in college hockey right now and every team in the league is trying to win him over. Is that true or is it just ESPN being dramatic? Don’t know, but it made for a fun headline.
Five Fantastic Facts Found:
Sophomore at Western Michigan
Wears #5 (Gee, I wonder why)
Twitter? Yes. @DeKeyser5
DeKeyser is from Macomb, Michigan and grew up a Red Wings fan. This works out well for Detroit because his family would be a short 50 minute drive away from Joe Louis Arena if they wanted to watch him play. This is likely the least of our advantages. Why? Because as much as fans want to believe that the Winged Wheel is enough to attract players, opportunity to make the team matters more.
That’s still an advantage for Detroit, though. As stated earlier, Detroit has few defensemen in the system that have shown enough skill to play consistently in the NHL. This means DeKeyser won’t have nearly as much competition in Detroit as he will with some of the other teams.
He already has some connections with the team as he attended the Wings’ summer development camp and played hockey with Jim Nill’s son before attending Western Michigan.
I like that the Red Wings are putting on a full-court press to sign him and that we have all these things going for us. Still, in the end, it’s up to DeKeyser to decide where he wants to play. Let’s just hope he picks the good guys.
Chris Edit: Here’s TSN video discussing DeKeyser and the Wings’ chances: