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#1 "Bull" Horvat

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:34 PM

Detroit Red Wings.

Per John Shannon @JSportsnet

Bob McKenzie confirms as well.

@TSNBobMcKenzie : "Dan DeKeyser has chosen DET"

For those who don't know, Dan DeKeyser is the most sought after free agent from the NCAA this year.
A big defensive defensemen who grew up in Michigan was playing for Western Michigan's NCAA team. He also spent some time in the BCHL with the Trail Smoke Eaters. Would be nice to see if he turns out a Matt Gilroy or Justin Schultz after all this hype, but it's hard to compare since DeKeyser is a defensive dmen and not sure how many highly sought after dmens were defensive skaters... Not sure how popular Tanev was when Gillis signed the guy.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

@TSNBobMcKenzie: Dan DeKeyser has chosen DET.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:36 PM

no surprise there I knew he was going to detriot!
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:37 PM

Good for Detroit !
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:38 PM

Not surprising, kids a huge Wings fan
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

Bah! Beat me by that much! Lol

Not a surprise. Just glad Edmonton didn't end up with him.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

Hoping for Laganiere now.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:40 PM

Just out of curiosity; does anyone know who the final candidates were?
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:41 PM

Bah! Beat me by that much! Lol

Not a surprise. Just glad Edmonton didn't end up with him.


Agreed.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:41 PM

Hoping for Laganiere now.


Yeah, Gillis must be pretty high on the guy, heading out there mid season to give him a look and accidentally spark up rumors in Washington. Yale is heading to OT right now in the Frozen Four. Once out, Laganiere can start thinking about his future.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:41 PM

now I hope we get Laganiere........
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

Just out of curiosity; does anyone know who the final candidates were?


Its been speculated for months that Detroit was the front runner, with Tampa close due to his d-partner being a tampa pick and Yzerman being a demi-god for Michigan hockey players
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

No surprise here.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

Well I'm not thrilled about this, but at least he isn't with Edmonton!!
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

And we will continue to wait for Laganiere... Yale wins in OT in the 1st min lolsies
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:51 PM

And we will continue to wait for Laganiere... Yale wins in OT in the 1st min lolsies


damn! I guess we have to wait a bit longer
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:55 PM

Nate Schmidt from that Yale-Minnesota game is also held in pretty high regard for this years class. Offensive defenseman who can run a powerplay, but also good in his own end. 4/5 type defender if he pans out. Now that Minnesota is out, he'll probably be signing within the next few days
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

Reported that Flyers were heavily in the DeKeyser sweepstakes... could've been their #3 D for tomorrow's game... LOL


Nate Schmidt from that Yale-Minnesota game is also held in pretty high regard for this years class. Offensive defenseman who can run a powerplay, but also good in his own end. 4/5 type defender if he pans out. Now that Minnesota is out, he'll probably be signing within the next few days


sort of a small guy but i would assume he's a strong puck mover many teams could use.. sort of reminds me of Ryan Ellis maybe? starting to wonder if Ryan Ellis is a type of player to even do well in the NHL after all that promise from Junior years

Whose that Taker player many wanted .. ? just because he's from Surrey?
I just wanna focus on getting defensemens with a right shot and skilled forwards. i still feel we have a lack of scoring depth in our shelves. Jensen is the only guy I can see from our farm to score goals on consistent bases
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

I'm still waiting for confirmation that he's signed with Pittsburgh.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:07 PM

Hoping for Laganiere now.

Im wondering why we havent yet? Same goes for Dekeyser? Whats the hold-ups?
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:11 PM

Im wondering why we havent yet? Same goes for Dekeyser? Whats the hold-ups?


What are you talking about ... this thread is about DeKeyser agreeing to terms ... haha
They gotta wait until their NCAA season is over.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:11 PM

Im wondering why we havent yet? Same goes for Dekeyser? Whats the hold-ups?

he moving on to next round of the NCAA tournament
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:11 PM

I guess Gretzky wasn't as convincing this time.
Justin Schultz is probably regretting going there now.
What does he have 2 points in the last 13 games.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

Good. Glad he's going to Detroit and not Edmonton. They could really use him.

And his first and only choice was likely Detroit, so I don't know if any other teams really had a chance.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:20 PM

Yeah, Gillis must be pretty high on the guy, heading out there mid season to give him a look and accidentally spark up rumors in Washington. Yale is heading to OT right now in the Frozen Four. Once out, Laganiere can start thinking about his future.

Here's my recent post from the College/Major Junior Free Agents threads

Giving this one a bump as Yale could be out if they lose their next game:

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If Yale loses this weekend - forward Antoine Laganiere will select a NHL team quickly.
Laganeire's advisor Phillippe Lecavalier says the #Canucks are big time in the mix for his client.
Lecavalier says the #Canucks have watched his client closely the last 2 years.

This may or may not affect us when looking at current NHL depth (like Jussi Jokinen) as if they do want to sign more college UFAs or overseas prospects they can have their contracts start next season.

And they win, so we'll have to wait for another day to see what happens on that front. For us, DeKeyser is another left handed D when we have a fair number of those, so he wasn't as high on our list to sign. Sustr as a right handed shot was more pressing, and we had Taker at our prospects camp this past summer as an option if we did want more prospect depth.

DeKeyser will fit in with Detroit though, and be brought up to work with the system over time. They do need to build a better defensive base so this will help them out if he does well.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:22 PM

I guess Gretzky wasn't as convincing this time.
Justin Schultz is probably regretting going there now.
What does he have 2 points in the last 13 games.


Gretzky never called him i think, but Schultz apparently exchanged texts with him lol.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

I don't get what the big deal is with the guy. I don't remember the last time a defenseman in the collegiate ranks was signed as an undrafted UFA and became a top 4 defenseman. Probably Garrison?
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:35 PM

I don't get what the big deal is with the guy. I don't remember the last time a defenseman in the collegiate ranks was signed as an undrafted UFA and became a top 4 defenseman. Probably Garrison?


schultz no?
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

schultz no?


Schultz was a 2nd round pick that used a loophole to become a UFA
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:44 PM

What are you talking about ... this thread is about DeKeyser agreeing to terms ... haha
They gotta wait until their NCAA season is over.

Sorry boys.... Guess I had assumed NCAA was all done.

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