The Malik Report
by Paul on 09/20/13 at 06:21 PM ET
Ansar Khan of Milve with a feature on Danny DeKeyser,
DeKeyser, 23, is preparing for his first full NHL season, an 82-game grind, plus playoffs, unlike anything he experienced at Western Michigan.
The Red Wings have every reason to believe he'll handle it well. Adding seven pounds to his lanky 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame should help.
“He put on lots of muscle and got stronger and looks real confident and is good with the puck out there,'' coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s just got to keep getting better on the nuances of the game, when to have one hand on the stick, when to have two hands on the stick, where to stand in his own zone, how to be more evasive on the breakout, how to get the puck through from the point, lots of stuff.
“He just skates so good and he’s so smart. One day he might be 210 (pounds), but right now it’s still a great advancement for him.''
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