Norris leaves UM to sign with Ottawa; DeKeyser is an Yzerman fan
From left: Josh Norris, Danny DeKeyser and Torey Krug.
Josh Norris is leaving Michigan after his sophomore season.
The 20-year-old center signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
Norris, who is from Oxford, had 10 goals and 19 points in 17 games last season as a sophomore. That season was cut short by an injury he sustained while helping the United States win a silver medal at the World Junior Championship in British Columbia in late December and early January. Norris had three goals and three assists in seven games in the WJC.
Norris’ rights were obtained by Ottawa in the trade that sent defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks, who took Norris with the 19thoverall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.
"Josh is one of the organization's top prospects, a fast, skilled, competitive center who we project to play an important role with our team in the future," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement.
"In speaking with Josh and his family, we were all in agreement that it is in the best interests of his development to make the step to turn professional after two great seasons at Michigan. We are very happy to have Josh signed and look forward to having him here at development camp in June."
DeKeyser talks Yzerman, Holland
Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who grew up in suburban Detroit as a Red Wings fan, is looking forward to having Steve Yzerman as the team’s general manager.
"I know his heart and soul has always been with Detroit from the time he played to moving forward being the general manager," DeKeyser said last week on the Wings website. "I definitely have some memories of him in those deep playoff runs, playing on one leg, having the knee issue, the overtime goal against St. Louis, stepping over the blue line, putting a slap shot top corner.
"Those are the memories a lot of fans in Detroit have as well. He's done so much for the organization. I'm really hoping he pushes us forward to take the next step."
DeKeyser also hailed Ken Holland’s run as the team’s GM.
"With Kenny, he's done so much for the organization over the past 20 or 30 years," DeKeyser said. "He's been great to the players. Obviously, he's won a few Stanley Cups, which is a huge accomplishment for him. I was definitely sad to see him go … it was a big move by him to send the organization in a different direction. I'm glad he got a job in Edmonton, but I will definitely miss him, too."
Area Stanley Cup Finals connections
The Stanley Cup Final participants, the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues, feature three area natives.
Defensemen Torey Krug (Livonia, Michigan State) and Steven Kampfer (Ann Arbor, UM) are with Boston and forward Mackenzie MacEachern (Bloomfield Hills, MSU) is with St. Louis.
Krug was the only one to play in Monday night’s 4-2 Bruins win in Game 1, and he supplied the game’s signature moment with a crushing hit in the third period. He made the hit helmetless after battling the Blues' David Perron in front of the Boston net. Krug, listed at 5-9 and 186 pounds, then skated about three-quarters of the length of the ice to lay the thundering check on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas inside in the Blues zone.