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The Outlook For Danny DeKeyser

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: The Red Wings could not have anticipated the significant decline in performance from DeKeyser, who was coming off three solid seasons.

He wasn't nearly as strong defensively and committed more turnovers than in previous years. He is better suited as a second-pair defenseman but must play on the top pairing on a team that lacks a bona fide No. 1 D-man. It has been a difficult adjustment.

Still, the club is hoping last season was an aberration and that the normally reliable puck-mover and sound positional player will revert to form. The Red Wings plan to pair DeKeyser with Trevor Daley, another mobile puck-mover. That should help.

Strength has been another issue for the slightly built DeKeyser. Adding some weight and muscle could help him win more puck battles.

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DDK and Daley… a pair that scares no one but Red Wings fans.

Posted by Uncle Rico on 08/09/17 at 06:35 AM ET

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DDK and Daley… a pair that scares no one but Red Wings fans.

Posted by Uncle Rico on 08/09/17 at 07:35 AM ET

The entire Red Wings D corp doesn’t scare anyone but the Red Wings fans

Posted by George0211 on 08/09/17 at 08:30 AM ET

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I love our D core, why are you scared, look at the brightside…
Its going to suck, i.e. we’re going to suck = another top 10 pick = future talent
Green should fetch a nice prospect and/or pick at the deadline = More future talent!
+ Kronner & Ericson burn another year off their deals

What’s not to like?  This team is not doing anything the next few years with the rest of the cast, nothing even a super dman would fix.

viva-la-rebuild!

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 08/09/17 at 08:52 AM ET

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Its going to suck, i.e. we’re going to suck = another top 10 pick = future talent

I agree, and while I can dream of getting a shot at Dahlin, a slightly more reasonable option could be Quinn Hughes.  If you saw him at the WJSS, you saw a guy who can change the game any time he’s on the ice.  And playing for Mel Pearson will grow his game even more.  I don’t care that he’s 5’ 9”, but are the Wings going to whiff on him if given the chance because they want a bigger man?

 

Posted by MoreShoot on 08/09/17 at 09:00 AM ET

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Strength has been another issue for the slightly built DeKeyser. Adding some weight and muscle could help him win more puck battles.

OK, so did he add some weight this summer?

Posted by VPalmer on 08/09/17 at 09:05 AM ET

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OK, so did he add some weight this summer?

Posted by VPalmer on 08/09/17 at 10:05 AM ET

To answer that would require some journalistic work to be done.

Posted by George0211 on 08/09/17 at 09:08 AM ET

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I think Quincy covered up a lot of mistakes of Danny’s. I still think he’s an over-hyped defenseman by the wings management but I am willing to give him another shot even though none of us had that choice. Lol

Posted by damndog from The Eastside of Detroit on 08/09/17 at 09:52 AM ET

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I think Quincy covered up a lot of mistakes of Danny’s.

If DK-Q were our 1st pairing, they would have looked pretty bad too. It all comes down to DK playing a role of #1 dman when he is a decent #4. That’s what this article and a lot of us were pointing out.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/09/17 at 10:45 AM ET

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Posted by damndog on 08/09/17 at 10:52 AM ET

Initially, the competition was forcing the puck and play to DDK, opting to attack the rookie over the veteran Quincey, however in Q’s last Detroit season, the competition forced more to Quincey. In either case, they were 2nd pair guys. 

Post Quincey and last season’s DDK performance has multiple avenues.  1st, with Kronner eroding to a pylon, DDK became a 1st pair guy, had to take on more responsibility, more minutes, tougher matchups, and is clearly not a top pair guy, or hopefully, not yet, though let’s be honest, he’s not.  2nd, Quincey was gone and we stuck him with terrible defense first minded guys like Green. 3rd, it was DDKs 4th season, 1st after a big contract. Could a bit of “I’ve arrived” crept into the guys head and as a result, wasn’t as laser focused in the off-season as he needed to be for the 82 game grind, did the losing and expectations on him and squad and the streak sit too heavy on a 4th year guys shoulders? I think all of the above had a factor.

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 08/09/17 at 10:52 AM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 08/09/17 at 11:52 AM ET

sounds pretty solid to me.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 08/09/17 at 11:08 AM ET

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wasn’t as laser focused

DK has to lead the league in icings resulting from his passes and penalties for the delay of game.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/09/17 at 11:36 AM ET

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One can only hope he improves bigly this season.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 08/09/17 at 11:39 AM ET

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DK has to lead the league in icings resulting from his passes and penalties for the delay of game.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/09/17 at 12:36 PM ET

That is a very descriptive stat of DeK’s weakness.

I for one am happy that Green stays even with Defensive problems, at least he can play the point on the PP, if we have one and actually score goals.  The rest of the D can’t hit the net or get back to negate odd man rushes. Haven’t seen Daley play with this bunch yet but Green is ahead of all the rest.

 

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/09/17 at 01:42 PM ET

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The only outlook for Dekeyser that matters…5 more years, $25M in the bank, and a no-trade clause.

Posted by fatsavage on 08/09/17 at 01:49 PM ET

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