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DeKeyser chooses Detroit

Mar 29, 2013, 5:37 PM EST

Dan Dekeyser

The Detroit Red Wings have landed prized college free agent defenseman Dan Dekeyser, the club announced today.

A Michigan native, DeKeyser (6-foot-3, 200 lbs) was playing college hockey for the Western Michigan Broncos prior to agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with the Wings. He had two goals and 15 points this season.

DeKeyser, 23, will practice with his new NHL club tomorrow, though he won’t play Sunday or Monday.

“We’re happy,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “You’re always looking for defenseman, and this guy is rangy, mobile.”

Holland added: “He’ll be with us the rest of the regular season. When he plays is up to Mike Babcock, but we’re not holding tryouts. We’re trying to make the playoffs. Danny understands that we’re in a playoff race.”

Following is a scouting report from last year on DeKeyser courtesy Red Line Report (via the Edmonton Journal):

He plays a simple, defense first, stay-at-home game. DeKeyser is also highly mobile and a strong all-compass skater. He’s not flashy at the offensive end, but moves the puck well and gets it to the right spots by making good decisions. Efficiently gets the puck out of the zone with crisp outlets. He’s physical and wins the battles down low, keeps the crease clear, and plays with a bit of a nasty edge. He’s an outstanding penalty killer who blocks a ton of shots.

DeKeyser has been named the CCHA’s best defensive defenseman the last two seasons.

  1. lordfletcher - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    no shock there.

    congrats Wings

    • polegojim - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Perfect timing… and position.

      Play TOUGH Dan… Play TOUGH!

  2. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    This guy looks like Zach Morris’ stunt double in gay porn.

  3. jpat2424 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    That hilarious

  4. jacketsfan7 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    He looks 40…..

  5. jburrell4 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Great news for wings fans. But really that Zach Morris comment is the funniest thing I’ve ever read… Maybe I don’t read enough but really hilarious.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    No surprise there. Solid addition.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Dekeyser’s such an intelligent young man…making such an intelligent choice!

    Who the hell is Zach Morris…?

  8. hockinj25 - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    What happened to deciding by noon? Better late than never, glad he chose the Wings.

    • mizbinboston - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Apparently he wanted to personally call all the teams who’d “wined and dined” him and give them a heads up/thank you before an official announcement was made. Wings knew and obliged. Class all around.

  9. mizbinboston - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Not gonna lie, was gonna start burning effigies of Ken Holland if he didn’t manage to land the kid.

    11thstreet, you just won the internet for today. I cannot unsee Zach Morris.

  10. clefty1 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Good to see Dekeyser pick his hometown team and the Wings did not have to use a draft pcik to get him.

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