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Kronwall compares rookie DeKeyser to Lidstrom

Jun 16, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

Danny DeKeyser AP

Detroit rookie Danny DeKeyser apparently left a big impression on the Red Wings’ veteran players.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall was asked about DeKeyser’s play by George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press and he had some very lofty praise for the Western Michigan product.

“He never puts himself in trouble,” Kronwall said of DeKeyser. “It kind of felt like he played a little bit like Nick Lidstrom that way. He’s just very smart and just read the situations.”

Even playing a little bit like Lidstrom is the kind of compliment one would be able to retire on.

Of course, DeKeyser has played just 13 total games in the NHL, two in the playoffs before breaking his thumb, so Kronwall is just a tad bit excited about his play. The DeKeyser love is reminiscent of Jonathan Ericsson‘s big breakout during the 2009 playoffs when he was pegged as the next big thing. He didn’t really settle into a strong defensive role until this season, especially the playoffs.

In other words, it’s OK to be excited but don’t forget there’ll be bumps in the road along the way.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    He did play great

  2. nicwel - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Have no clue why he isn’t getting as much praise as he should be around the league. Every team drooled over this guy, everyone knew what he had to offer. Sure 13 games is a small sample size, but the kid stepped in and made an immediate impact with his puck moving skills.

  3. clefty1 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    DeKeyser helped pull the Wings defense together until his injury.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    While comparing him to an outright wizard may be just a touch excessive, there’s no denying he has the fundamentals of a high-level NHL defenseman down pat. He’ll be a solid presence on their blueline for years to come.

  5. lgredwings - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Reblogged this on Let's Go Detroit Red Wings and commented:
    A littlr DeKeyser love from Kronner via ProHockeyTalk

  6. gh9hattrick - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Wouldn’t compare him to Nick right now but when he showed up the D solidified. The Wings started to roll and got into the playoffs. A top 4 guy for sure. If Smith ever gets it together and the Wings get Jensen and Sproul to develop in G.R the D could be the strength of the team.

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