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DeKeyser holding out hope for playoff return

May 22, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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Rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser (broken thumb) still hopes to play again for the Red Wings this postseason.

“As long as they keep winning here, that just gives me a better chance for a return with every win,” DeKeyser said, per ESPN. “I’m just hoping that the guys in here can keep winning and keep improving along the way. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance in a playoff game again.”

After undergoing a procedure that involved the insertion of a plate and screws into his hand, the 23-year-old was originally supposed to be sidelined until July.

Now, he’s talking about playing in the Western Conference finals — if the Wings make it there.

DeKeyser — a steady, though not spectacular, blue-liner that skates well and makes a good first pass — signed with Detroit this season after a standout career at Western Michigan University.

Game 4 of the Wings’ series with the favored Blackhawks goes Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit leads the series, 2-1.

  1. shoobiedoobin - May 22, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Nothing wrong with being optimistic and hoping. Just don’t rush it.

    This kid is going to be special, beyond what he’s shown so far. He has displayed all the subtle significant signs that indicate he’s going to be a great player in this league. Losing him was huge. Getting him back would be amazing.

  2. jakreidler - May 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I don’t think people realize how good this kid is yet. They will.

    • bingobango2013 - May 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Absolutely. He digs the puck off the boards very quickly and gets rid of it. Was a huge loss when he went down, getting him back would upgrade the entire defense core.

  3. cheliostwin - May 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    When his injury was first reported, they said, “Out for the season. Well, six weeks, but the Wings’ season would be done by then.” I remember thinking, “Heck, if the Wings make it to the Finals, he would be back by then.” I didn’t have much hope that the Wings would make it that far, but as every game goes by, it looks more likely that they will still be playing when DeKeyser is ready to come back in.

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