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03-10-2013, 01:57 PM
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1. Dan DeKeyser, Junior, Defense, Western Michigan
DeKeyser was one of the top NHL free agents targets last summer, fielding offers from nearly every NHL team, but chose to return to Western Michigan for his junior season, and the extra year of development hasn't hurt his stock at all. DeKeyser doesn't bring a lot in the way of offensive upside, so his 2 goals and 10 assists through 27 games this season doesn't look impressive, but DeKeyser is a solid 6'3" 198 lbs. and an excellent skater that plays very solid shutdown defense. DeKeyser should have his choice of NHL teams again this summer, though the Detroit Red Wings seem to be the front-runner for his services.
I'd like to take a chance on him. With Schenn and Grossmann being locks on defense for the years to come and Coburn not showing any improvement in term of offense, they'd probably have to move one of the former to make room for him sooner or later if he develops nicely. Right now a prime PMD has to be the priority as they already have too many stay-at-home type of defensemen.
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