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Danny DeKeyser’s Return Should Strengthen Detroit’s Defense

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

He skates and passes well, can be sound positionally and occasionally wields his stick like a rapier to pluck pucks from opponents.

But DeKeyser regressed last season.

The Red Wings handed him a task most difficult. Amid their self-proclaimed rebuild on the fly, and with Niklas Kronwall’s knees reducing his effectiveness, the Wings essentially relied on DeKeyser to be their top defenseman.

He may never be a No. 1 in the NHL, and DeKeyser did not play as well as he had in his previous three seasons.

Now, with Trevor Daley logging long minutes and defending so well he is little noticed, Kronwall more effective than last season as he adapts to his more limited mobility, and Mike Green generating significant offense from the back end, DeKeyser’s circumstances have improved.

He should no longer feel the need to do quite so much, let alone just about everything.

“I think we have even more depth this year than we did last year, and the guys have been playing really well, back there,” said DeKeyser, 27, who is signed at $5 million per season through 2022.


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