Danny DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Detroit Red Wings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Detroit is chock-full of left-shooting defensemen and with DeKeyser among them, the Michigan native slotted outside his natural position on the right side of Nick Jensen in 2017-18. Versatility is Danny D's saving grace in “real life,” as the 6-foot-3, 192-pound blueliner's assumed much more defensive responsibility after turning heads with a 31-point season under the direction of Mike Babcock four years ago. However, the role change has limited DeKeyser's fantasy prospects considering he's totaled just 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) over the past two seasons combined, and he was barely deployed on the power play in 2017-18. Looking ahead, the 28-year-old will provide the occasional greasy goal from the point -- he converted on 9.2 percent of his shots last year -- but he'll be bypassed in all but the deepest fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $30 million contract with the Red Wings in July of 2016.
Stuns Leafs with overtime goal
DDetroit Red Wings
February 1, 2019
DeKeyser celebrated a game-winning goal Friday, guiding the Red Wings past the Maple Leafs in overtime, 3-2.
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DeKeyser probably isn't the first to cross your mind when thinking of capable scorers on the Red Wings, but he is rather clutch. The Detroit native now has three overtime goals in his career. According to Dave Hogg of NHL.com, only Niklas Kronwall and Nicklas Lidstrom have more OT goals (four apiece) among defensemen in the history of the franchise.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:21
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:32
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
21:57
0:34
2:40
2017–18
20:19
0:10
2:12
2018–19
21:21
0:10
2:32
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Red Wings GM Ken Holland must love Dekeyser, as the Western Michigan University product will command $5 million annually through the 2021-22 campaign. For comparison's sake, this contract is quite similar to the six-year deal procured by Rasmus Ristolainen of Buffalo -- a perennial power-play contributor who has accumulated 86 points between the last two seasons. Dekeyser has only managed 12 goals and 20 assists in that same span, though he fearlessly blocked a career-high 170 shots over 21:57 of ice time this past year. Two-way defensemen capable of handling heavy minutes come at a premium in the NHL, and the 27-year-old is in the prime of his career, but ever since coach Jeff Blashill took over for Mike Babcock ahead of the 2015-16 season, DeKeyser hasn't been much of a factor with the man advantage, and that puts a sizable dent in his projected fantasy value.
DeKeyser is a utility defenseman. He skates well, has size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and is useful on both ends of the ice. Last season, he led all Detroit blueliners with eight goals thanks to a shooting percentage of 11.1, which rivaled the output from a few of the team’s top forwards. A product of Western Michigan University, DeKeyser hasn’t finished on the wrong side of the plus-minus in the four years that he’s been in the league. With that in mind, fantasy players wish he’d be more assertive – he’s only put up 260 shots in 234 career games, often showing a tendency to pass when the lanes are open. DeKeyser figures to carve out a top-four role in the season ahead, and he could see meaningful time on the man advantage with Brad Richards retired. If you’re looking for a defenseman who logs big minutes and does a little bit of everything, DeKeyser will be a nice secondary fantasy option, especially in rotisserie leagues.
DeKeyser skated in a career-high 80 games last season for the Red Wings, notching two goals and 31 points. The 6-foot-3 blueliner carried his most value in the plus/minus category, where he posted a team-leading plus-11 leading mark. The 25-year-old also saw a 1:24 average ice time on the man advantage, but with the offseason additions of power-play quarterbacks Brad Richards and Mike Green, he could see those minutes dry up in 2015-16. Should that indeed occur, DeKeyser may be hard pressed to raise his scoring up much further, but with a top-four role awaiting him on defense again, it's a good bet that his all-around production will remain stable. Along with the scoring and plus/minus contributions he provided last season, DeKeyser pitched in with 42 PIM, 74 hits, and 88 blocks, giving him a decent floor for fantasy owners to count on.
DeKeyser had a solid rookie season, tallying 23 points and a plus-10 rating in 65 games. The 24-year-old has star potential, but it may take another year or two to fully realize it. He should grab around 25 to 30 points this season if he can stay healthy.
Don't be misled by DeKeyser's single point in 11 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13. He had a much larger impact. Coach Babcock is extremely high on the youngster and hated it when an injury kept him out of the Red Wings' playoff run. DeKeyser will have every opportunity to make the Red Wings' roster in the fall, and should take up residence there for a long time.
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Shows off vision
DDetroit Red Wings
January 20, 2019
DeKeyser recorded an assist and four blocked shots in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Canucks.
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Fuels offense in return
DDetroit Red Wings
January 15, 2019
DeKeyser picked up two assists with a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Ducks.
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Ready to play
DDetroit Red Wings
January 15, 2019
DeKeyser (hand) is no longer on injured reserve, according to the Red Wings' official site. Head coach Jeff Blashill expects the defenseman to be in action versus the Ducks on Tuesday evening.
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Slated to return Tuesday
DDetroit Red Wings
Hand
January 10, 2019
DeKeyser (hand) is aiming to return after the next road trip concludes in Minnesota on Saturday, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
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Next doctor visit scheduled
DDetroit Red Wings
Hand
January 8, 2019
DeKeyser (hand) will meet with team doctors either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning to determine when he'll be able to play again, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
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