DetroitRedWings.com’s Arthur J. Regner examines Danny DeKeyser’s difficult 2017-18 season this morning. Regner’s analysis of DeKeyeser’s “numbers” includes a good summary of the lanky defenseman’s upside:
Since Detroit’s blueline is in flux, DeKeyser has been thrust into the role of being a top-pair defenseman, which has exposed flaws in his game.
Based on how he played in the second half of last season, he can still be a steady presence on the Wings blueline, helping his team more than hurting them in most games.
DeKeyser may never live up to the early hype which surrounded his career, but he understands his game and where it fits into the Red Wings system – steady not spectacular.
Continued, and Regner makes an apt comparison in describing DeKeyser as a Jonathan Ericsson-style defenseman. Ericsson was also seen as a top-pair defenseman in the making, but he’s settled into a role as a second-pair defender.