Western Michigan University defenseman Danny DeKeyser is a hot commodity in the NHL right now. And it looks like the Nashville Predators could be a destination for the college star. Late this morning Stu Grimson sent out this tweet:
DeKeyser Sweepstakes: TSN reports EDM, DET, ANA, STL and NSH are in the mix. DeKeyser’s agent (Meehan) attended NSH v EDM morning skate.
— Stu Grimson (@asgrimson) March 25, 2013
That Nashville is in position to compete for Danny DeKeyser is a pretty big deal. David Drew, who covers Western Michigan sports for mlive.com, has this to say about DeKeyser’s game:
The hype surrounding DeKeyser is for good reason. I have covered the WMU hockey team and DeKeyser for two-and-a-half seasons and what I can tell you is Danny DeKeyser is very good at men’s ice hockey.
He is a disciplined defenseman who almost never gets beat in one-on-one situations because of his length and stick work.
He communicates extremely well with his defensive partner Luke Witkowski, a Tampa Bay draft pick who is expected to sign with the Lightning at some point.
His offensive game overall will need some work as he enters the next level, but he is a strong puck handler and is a good point man on the power play. His shot became more powerful this season, but it still needs some work.
Nashville has long been known for developing high-end defensive talent. Danny DeKeyser would fit that mold perfectly. This year’s roster has suffered on the defensive end without Ryan Suter; his replacement Roman Josi has actually been very good, but there’s been no proper replacement for Josi further down the line. Adding a talent like DeKeyser to the rotation with Shea Weber, Josi, Ryan Ellis, Jon Blum, and Kevin Klein would once again give the Preds a defensive corps for other franchises to envy.