Pros of Keeping Him
DeKeyser is an extremely intelligent defenseman. He showcased his abilities in the last 11 games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs.
Despite suffering a playoff-ending broken thumb, DeKeyser left enough of an imprint to get invited to a USA Olympic Hockey orientation camp last month. His ability to think the game at a high level means that he usually makes the right play and has the patience to wait for something to develop.
Although an undrafted free agent, DeKeyser made the Red Wings' lineup last year on his solid talent and good decisions.
There have been other Red Wings defensemen that have made bad plays because they didn't have the patience or became flustered. When DeKeyser played, it was a breath of fresh air to many because he would take his time and usually made the right play.
Cons of Keeping Him
DeKeyser is one of two Red Wings that are exempt from waivers. Because of this, it wouldn't be a stretch to see him in Grand Rapids just because it is easier to move him than another potential roster player.
While he would greatly help the Detroit blue line, DeKeyser could do with just getting some big minutes in Grand Rapids and work on further developing his game at a post-collegiate level.
He also is scheduled to make $1.35 million including bonuses this season, per CapGeek, meaning that Detroit could clear some cap space and work to become cap compliant in that way.