The Detroit Red Wings were able to sign one of the most sought after free agent prospects in hockey last season when they brought in defenseman Danny DeKeyser. After emerging as a star in his three seasons at Western Michigan, several teams came knocking before he decided to go with his hometown squad. After showing flashing of brilliance in his 11 games last season, can DeKeyser be a fantasy hockey standout and a leader for Detroit?
Undrafted players coming out of the NCAA ranks have obviously always been hit or miss, but it appears as though DeKeyser is already positioning himself as a top-four type of guy for the Red Wings. His ability to play on both sides during special teams allows him to stay on the ice in the most crucial stages as well.
Another thing that will help DeKeyser in fantasy hockey is that the Red Wings desperately need some young talent to help them out on that side of the puck. The team has aged these last few seasons, and Niklas Kronwell seems like the latest preparing to take a dip in production. If DeKeyser can start to take over Kronwell’s leadership role as early as this season, the Red Wings could very well get back on track as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
Expectations are high in 2013-2014 for DeKeyser, and at age 23, many feel as though he will be able to make an immediate impact at this level. With a full training camp to prepare, he could be the biggest key to Detroit’s success this season.