Danny DeKeyser's plus-minus rating of 10 ranked fourth on the team. (Detroit News / David Guralnick)
Detroit — Danny DeKeyser was named Red Wings rookie of the year Wednesday by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
DeKeyser, 24, played in 65 games, scoring 23 points (four goals, 19 assists), with a plus-10 rating. DeKeyser averaged 21:38 of ice time, second on the team only to Niklas Kronwall.
DeKeyser, a Macomb native who played at Western Michigan, was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Red Wings near the end of the 2013 season.
“We had a lot of rookies in the lineup on a regular basis this season, so it’s a great honor to be recognized as rookie of the year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association,” DeKeyser said. “Being able to play here in Detroit in front of my friends and family made this season very special, and it’s a privilege to be acknowledged by the DSBA with so many other worthy candidates who were able to help the team this year.”
DeKeyser played for Team USA at the recent World Championships in Belarus, earning two assists in eight games.
DeKeyser will be honored by the DSBA prior to a Red Wings home game during the 2014-15 season.
The DSBA Red Wings rookie of the year award dates back to the 1948-49 NHL season. Previous winners include current Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Gustav Nyquist.