A long-awaited decision has come to its close. Free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser has signed with the Detroit Red Wings.
The Western Michigan University star will be joining his hometown team after a long process that was very similar to the one current Edmonton Oilers blueliner Justin Schultz went through in the summer.
The name “Seth Jones” and the word “tank” have been used in the same sentence a lot lately. In some ways it’s a compliment regarding Jones’s physical strength; in many other ways it’s just referring to teams selling at the trade deadline with the hopes of “[writing off the rest of this season and “[engineering]” my team the best way possible to get the first pick.”
Welcome to the life of the league’s basement dwellers. And welcome to the dilemma they’re to be facing with a potential first overall pick.
Chris Kunitz didn’t see this one coming. Neither did anyone else. And yet, here we are: an undrafted player from Ferris State University is lighting the lamp as a winger playing on the same line as the world’s most talented hockey player.
In a similar fashion, Pascal Dupuis has quietly emerged as a reliable part of the National Hockey League’s best offense.
Justin Bailey grew up with professional athletes all around him. As he’s preparing to embark on his own pro career, being around talent is nothing new.
The difference: this time, the talent is his.
“Growing up in Buffalo, we (his family) lived in the same condo as Matthew Barnaby, Michael Peca and Rob Ray,” Bailey said. “Barnaby helped me along the way with a lot of decision-making.”
Being raised in the same building as NHLers clearly influenced the young Kitchener Rangers forward. But they weren’t the only pros who had an impact on Bailey when he was younger.