When Danny DeKeyser was lost to the Detroit Red Wings with a broken right thumb early in this season’s NHL playoffs, I figured his season was over. That is obviously not the case as he has recovered enough to go help the team’s AHL affiliate in the Calder Cup final. DeKeyser has been cleared to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins and you have to think that he will be a great help to that team in their championship series.
The biggest thing that is positive for Detroit is the fact that DeKeyser is back playing and won’t be sitting around all summer long without getting any more game action. He is only 23-years-old and could use all the game experience that he can get at this age.
He will be back with the Red Wings when the 2013-14 season gets underway, but these are going to be very valuable games for the progress of DeKeyser. He played in 11 games this season and had just a single assist. I expect he will be getting more playing time next year in Detroit.
DeKeyser is a rising star in the Detroit organization and I’m sure his bosses at the NHL level will be watching with great interest to see how he plays in his recovery from the injury. It is a very positive sign for a team that was just one win away from the Western Conference Finals this year. There should be no one shocked if the Red Wings are right back at the same place they were this season next year. That will be in part thanks to a full season of a healthy DeKeyser.