The Detroit Red Wings appear to be the big winners in the Dan DeKeyser sweepstakes:
#NHL teams being told college prospect Dan Dekeyser has decided on the #Wings. #TradeTracker
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) March 29, 2013
Can Confirm that Western Michigan D man Dan DeKeyser has agreed to terms with the Detroit Red Wings.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 29, 2013
The highly-coveted defenseman out of Western Michigan has been meeting with NHL teams over the past few days. The Wings were among the franchises that sent a contingent to sit down with DeKeyser, a Michigan native.
DeKeyser is limited to an entry-level deal, so all teams could offer in reality was the promise of playing time. The 6-foot-3, puck-moving defenseman must have liked what he heard from the Wings.
Detroit has been overloaded on defensemen in recent weeks, following the contract extension handed to Brian Lashoff and the signing of Kent Huskins. The latter may be the odd man out now, with Kyle Quincey injured; Carlo Colaiacovo was just sent to Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint Friday.
DeKeyser could break into the Wings’ lineup almost immediately — Detroit has just 14 games left in the regular season and there is less than a week to the trade deadline.