WILD HORSES

Here’s what we know: some time today Dan DeKeyser will emerge, and if he sees his shadow…..I kid. Dan DeKeyser is a much sought after undrafted college free agent and the Oilers are one of the teams who have courted him this week.

  • Corey Pronman: Danny DeKeyser, Defense, Unsigned (Western Michigan): DeKeyser is the top player of this college free agent class and would have been so last year had he not decided to go back to school. DeKeyser is the two-time best defensive defenseman in the CCHA and was named to the CCHA’s first All Star team. Some may wonder when you look at his numbers — 49 points in 118 NCAA games, 15 points in 35 games this season — and ask what all the hype is about; and it is because he has such great defensive value. DeKeyser has high-end hockey sense, good if not great mobility and a big frame that he’s not afraid to use. Given how well he processes the game, how many defensive stops he makes, the low amount of errors he commits, and where he is in his physical development, it is conceivable the 23 year old DeKeyser could step into the NHL right away upon being signed. He does have average offensive ability as a puck mover, and could potentially play a 2nd power play unit on a non elite team. His potential is that of a good #3 defenseman with a low amount of risk on that projection.

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34 Responses to "WILD HORSES"

  1. boopronger says:

    I bet he signs with detroit

  2. fifthcartel says:

    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger

    Still waiting for official word on Dan DeKeyzer’s decision, but teams involved in the process believe Detroit is the destination of choice.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Makes sense. One thing I’ll be interested in seeing if he goes with DRW is how they use him: insert right away or send to AHL.

  4. admiralmark says:

    Officially Detroit as Per Bob McKenzie. Booooooooooooo!

  5. Doug McLachlan says:

    Bob McKenzie has him signing with DET. Move along.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Now, does this make Smid more of a signing priority? I would think he would have been before now. Right?

  7. Doug McLachlan says:

    So, who is the next defensive target?

  8. Lowetide says:

    Smid!

  9. Lucinius says:

    Pity we couldn’t land him. Not overly surprised it was Detroit.. but one always hopes lightning can strike twice.

    Pretty certain DeKeyser will slot immediately into the Detroit line up, at least on the bottom pair.. maybe higher, depending. Their defense has been a big gaping hole for them this year.

    Now Smid must get re-signed. Granted, that was always the case in my opinion, but not getting DeKeyser makes it absolutely mandatory, imo.

  10. jake70 says:

    Looks like Ralph Klein has packed it in. always entertaining.

  11. jake70 says:

    Don’t worry about Dekeyser, Tambellini will win the lottery, and we can all see that grin again.

  12. Gret99zky says:

    Sign Smid. Trade Whitney.

  13. Ryan says:

    Lowetide:
    Now, does this make Smid more of a signing priority? I would think he would have been before now. Right?

    Probably kills the braintrust’s leverage in negotiations? I’m guessing Smid’s price just went up.

  14. Hammers says:

    Make decisions on the UFA’s we have . The only one who may bring a player back is Smid + ??? for another “D” ( I would sign for $ 11 mil /3years). For the rest get the best draft available . Bring up Hartski & Lander .

  15. art vandelay says:

    Nobody panic.
    Some random Twitter guy with the Irish name says the Oilers are getting Doug Hamilton for a Shooter-Tutor and the rights to Risto Siltanen.

  16. justDOit says:

    art vandelay:
    Nobody panic.
    Some random Twitter guy with the Irish name says the Oilers are getting Doug Hamilton for a Shooter-Tutor and the rights to Risto Siltanen.

    But they need that shooter tutor for practices!

  17. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    ok. how about the other College kids… did any get the “pat in the pants” treatment, or even the “lite” version?

    I sure hope this a) guarantees mgt. gets smid done; and 2) doesn’t increase smid’s price

  18. speeds says:

    I wonder if signing Bigos depends, or depended, on signing a college UFA D like DeKeyser, or maybe Nate Schmidt now that he’s finished?

  19. speeds says:

    Not at all the same player type, but just in terms of the 50 contract limit and organizational D development spots?

  20. Woodguy says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 3h
    Coach Krueger says the #Oilers will likely make a call-up from the #OKCBarons following tomorrow’s game vs. Vancouver

    I bet it will be Lander.

    I agree that signing Smid is priority.

    I hope they can get him for $3.5 x 5

  21. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    BTW: this version always struck me as equally wonderful, not necessarily better, but wonderful too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZHJajD6T-M

    this version hides the melancholy and finds the funk groove, who knew there was one?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcz0VsJOCLM

    that b-3 sounds pretty damn perfect. consider that your keys/organ hit of the day.

  22. Ducey says:

    Hopefully they go after some other college guys. Somebody that can add some real depth in a third line role.

  23. Woodguy says:

    GM Steve Tambellini announces #Oilers have traded prospect @TobiRieder9 to the @phoenixcoyotes for prospect @KaleKessy #NHLTrade

  24. Lowetide says:

    ROM: I seriously almost ran the Burrito version of this song for the post. LOVE that band.

  25. Lucinius says:

    Woodguy,

    Wait, what? Seriously? That sounds like a bad trade. I liked Rieder!

  26. voxwah says:

    Kale Kessy. The left-winger Kessy (6-3, 202lbs) scored 43 pts in 60 games in the WHL this season, and is currently in playoffs with Kamloops.

  27. Lucinius says:

    Oh god, you’re serious.

    Edit: Hopefully those of you more into the prospects will be able to explain that one for me; I had though Rieder was doing well, especially post World Juniors.

  28. Woodguy says:

    Kessy is Left Wing 6’3″ 196lbs

    43pts in 60gms as a 20 year old in the WHL on 3 different teams.

    Rieder has 56pts in 52gms as a 20 year old in OHL

    PHX drafted Kessy 3 spots ahead of Rieder in the 2011 draft.

    “We like him his draft year and tried to move up to get him”

    The hunt for Lucic continues…..

  29. Hayek says:

    As per TSN, he has signed with the Red Wings.

  30. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/317756013480665088

    wow!!! what???

    EDM trades F Tobias Rieder (Kitchener) to PHX for F Kale Kessy (Kamloops). Rieder smallish/skilled. EDM doesn’t need that, PHX does.

  31. Woodguy says:

    Kessy is from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan not Landshut, Germany so Spector should be happy.

    If you are going to be a scorer like Rieder you need to rip up junior in your 20 year old year.

    Not sure either player makes the show.

    Reddox has 64pts in 62 games in his 20 year old year.

  32. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy:
    Kessy is Left Wing 6’3″ 196lbs

    43pts in 60gms as a 20 year old in the WHL on 3 different teams.

    Rieder has 56pts in 52gms as a 20 year old in OHL

    PHX drafted Kessy 3 spots ahead of Rieder in the 2011 draft.

    “We like him his draft year and tried to move up to get him”

    The hunt for Lucic continues…..

    this…

    also… does the “we liked him once and couldn’t get him out of our head and overpaid to satiate that need” sound a bit like the N. Schultz trade?

    Lowetide,

    Great Band. underrated. and Gram has some real solid moments too with and without them (i wanted to get a wowy joke in there… couldn’t make it work)… but he doesn’t always work for me. On this song, his country twang is perfect though.

  33. TheOtherJohn says:

    Kyle Brodziak shows how to light it up in your 20 year old year in junior

    2003-04 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 70 39 54 93 58 +30

  34. justDOit says:

    Woodguy,

    But Reddox was bad at the coke machine thing – one area of his game that never improved.

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