While DeKeyser’s play has suffered over the past few seasons due to a variety of injuries, he’s played a semi-important role for Detroit this season. He’s been partnered with Calder Trophy candidate Moritz Seider on the blueline, but he still has just two assists in 19 games.
With DeKeyser out, Troy Stecher’s injury, and Marc Staal dealing with illness, Detroit’s defensive depth is running thin. Dan Renouf was recalled from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins today, and he could make his season debut for Detroit Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues.
Detroit’s cooled off after a hot start, going 4-5-1 in their past ten games. While there have been encouraging signs of life out of this long-rebuilding franchise this season, their time to shine likely isn’t quite here yet.