DeKeyser, Casto Turn Pro

The early signing count is about to be up to three for the NCHC.

Western Michigan defenseman Danny DeKeyser will meet with teams the next two days and pick his destination. He’s the most coveted free agent in college hockey this season.

In this story, WMU coach Andy Murray says he would have told DeKeyser to turn pro even if he thought about coming back for his senior year.

DeKeyser, who tallied 15 points in 35 games for the Broncos, could have turned pro last summer, but surprised the hockey world by returning to Western Michigan for his junior season. His signing is completely expected.

On the other hand, unless you are Andy Johnson and predicted this may be a possibility, the signing of Duluth sophomore defenseman Chris Casto was a bigger surprise.

Casto, who has good size at 6-foot-3, is reportedly going to sign with the Boston Bruins. He confirmed on Twitter on Monday night that he’s leaving Duluth, bidding farewell to the fans and the city.

DeKeyser and Casto join Nebraska Omaha’s Andrej Sustr as early signings so far this offseason. DeKeysery and Sustr’s signings were very much expected.

NCHC early signings (3)

Minnesota Duluth (1)
Chris Casto, soph, D, Boston Bruins

Nebraska Omaha (1)
Andrej Sustr, jr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Michigan (1)
Danny DeKeyser, jr, D, destination TBA