This whole exercise is not about "driving up the value" on DeKeyser given that there are limits to the contract he can sign. It's all about giving him the chance to be "wined & dined" by the teams that want to show up to make their case. Call it the "Zach Parise Treatment" & it might be the only chance he has to go through a circus like this depending on how he actually pans out.
Personally, I don't buy into the Oilers being in the running let alone the front runner given that they're an absolute cluster-f*** of an organization. The reason they landed Schultz is because of his desire to play close to home. For all the vaunted young talent they have, they are nowhere close to putting it together before they have to start breaking the team apart because they can't afford everyone. They have 11 top 25 picks in their line-up right now & what do they have to show for it? What would the Wings have done with that opportunity? We all know what good organizations (think Blackhawks & Pens) did with opportunities like that. The Oil? Not...even...close. There's a much greater chance the Wings lose him to an Anaheim, Nashville, or St. Louis than Edmonton.
And unlike the supposed "power forward" the Wings have now (cough...Franzen...cough) Frk plays will more than a little edge too based on all accounts. Really looking forward to see how his pro career develops.
It would kinda be nice to pick up some extra picks, maybe even multiple 1st/2nd rounders, and either use them all to grab a bunch of prospects in what is supposed to be a deep draft or package some up to move up higher, like into the top 5 maybe.
is time running out with Nyquist? he turns 24 this year, has played at GR for a couple of years now, several more in college, and he can't take/keep a job with the big club. Clearly babs wants bigger players playing. Which is why Cleary keeps getting time, Andersson is staying, Abby on a top line, and tatar/Nyquist are wearing out their cars driving back and forth between GR and detroit.
"Several more in college"? I think you need a reminder of what several actually means. This is only his 2nd full season of pro hockey & all he has to show for it is:
A 2 time selection to the AHL all-star game
Tied Tatar for the points lead on the team in his first season with 20 less games played
Lead the Grifs AND the AHL in scoring in his 2nd season
Lead the Grifs in points per game both years
Lead the team in PPGs both seasons
Just a sampling, but no, not running out of time. Give him another off season of working out to continue to bulk up plus a full training camp & exhibition season and he'll be on the team full time starting next season. If not for the lockout, he probably would have been a full-timer this season.