We have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the NHL’s online services, you agree to these updated documents and to the arbitration of disputes.
Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
SHARE

College defenseman DeKeyser signs with Red Wings

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 5:06 PM / News

NHL.com

Share with your Friends


College defenseman DeKeyser signs with Red Wings
Defenseman Dan DeKeyser will sign with the Detroit Red Wings, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Friday on Twitter.

Defenseman Dan DeKeyser has signed with the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced Friday on Twitter.

DeKeyser, a 23-year-old from Western Michigan University, signed a two-year contract and will practice with the Red Wings on Saturday.

"We're happy. You're always looking for defensemen, and this guy is rangy, mobile," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press.

Holland said DeKeyser will not play Sunday or Monday.

A Detroit native, DeKeyser was considered the consensus top undrafted college free agent available this season. He visited with multiple NHL teams since his college season ended. He had 15 points with Western Michigan the past two seasons.

"He's 6-foot-3, he's got great mobility, and he's got a very nice defensive presence," Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton told The Tennessean on Thursday. "He uses his size, his reach, his mobility to fend guys off. He's a guy that's going to stop you defensively and he can make a first pass, so he's the kind of defenseman that we are attracted to here."

The Predators were in the running to sign DeKeyser, along with the Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Quote of the Day

A piece of scar tissue breaks off, pinches the nerve, and every time you move your leg it's almost like having a root canal in your stomach and groin.

— Detroit Red Wings center Stephen Weiss on his sports hernia surgery