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47 Simon Despres D
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 7/27/1991 | Birthplace: Laval, Quebec, Canada | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: None | NHL Experience: 3 | Salary: $810,000 | Owned/Started%: 6/1 | Average Draft Position: 269.00
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7/18/2014

Simon Despres, D, PIT

Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Signs Two-Year Deal

News: Simon Despres signed a two-year, $1.8 million deal with the Penguins on Friday.
Analysis: The 22-year-old defenseman split time between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last season. He appeared in 34 games for the Pens, notching five assists. Simon Despres was WBS' leader in plus/minus (plus-19) and set a career high with 22 points.

4/15/2014

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Simon Despres

Penguins Send Despres To AHL

News: The Penguins have assigned Simon Despres to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Analysis: Simon Despres, who recorded five assists in 34 games with the big club this season, remains a candidate for a recall if injuries hit the Pittsburgh blue line as the playoffs progress.

4/2/2014

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Simon Despres

Despres Likely Headed To Baby Pens

News: Simon Despres has one assist in 13 games since the beginning of March and will likely be sent to the AHL whenever Pittsburgh activates Paul Martin (hand).
Analysis: Martin could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday. Simon Despres, who has served intermittently as a healthy scratch, has played inconsistently in his own end. Pens coach Dan Bylsma doesn't seem to trust Despres, putting his future in Pittsburgh in jeopardy.

3/16/2014

Simon Despres, D, PIT Pens' Despres Inconsistent Again Saturday

Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Inconsistent Again Saturday

News: Simon Despres, who saw the least number of minutes (15:05 TOI) among Pittsburgh defensemen Saturday, has zero points in seven games since being recalled after the Olympics.
Analysis: He's taken five minor penalties in those seven tilts and seems to be an easy target for refs whenever they want to call a Pittsburgh penalty. There's a good chance Simon Despres would have been dealt at the deadline if not for ailments to both Paul Martin and Kris Letang. He has offensive potential, but an offseason change of scenery might be the best thing for him.

3/1/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Plays Poorly Saturday

News: Simon Despres played poorly against Chicago on Saturday in his first action since the Olympics. He put the puck into his own net and committed a pair of questionable penalties.
Analysis: Simon Despres, who served as a healthy scratch Thursday, has been the subject of trade rumors -- including a proposed deal to Vancouver including Ryan Kesler. Efforts like Saturday's, however, do little to boost his trade value. He skated 14:39 TOI against the Blackhawks.

2/25/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres With Big Opportunity

News: Simon Despres could provide sneaky fantasy value for Pittsburgh with both Kris Letang (stroke) and Paul Martin (hand) sidelined for at least a month.
Analysis: The Pens' system relies upon puck-moving blueliners, and among Pittsburgh's healthy defenders, only Simon Despres, Matt Niskanen and Olli Maatta are capable of playing that role. Despres has to win back the confidence of coach Dan Bylsma, but if he can, the former first-round pick could pick up time on the team's No. 2 power-play unit and see regular shifts. At the same time, Despres could serve as a healthy scratch if Bylsma is convinced he can't handle the workload.

2/24/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens Recall Despres

News: Simon Despres has been recalled by the Penguins, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: He'll likely slot back into the Pens' top-six blueliners, although Depres might be a part of the third pairing and see a slightly smaller role as a result. Although he's chipped in just four points in 18 games with Pittsburgh this season, he's rolled up 22 points over 34 games in the AHL and should eventually tap into his offensive prowess.

1/26/2014

Simon Despres, D, PIT Despres Excelling For Baby Pens

Simon Despres

Despres Excelling For Baby Pens

News: Simon Despres has scored six goals and eight points in his last 10 games for AHL Wilkes-Barre, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Pittsburgh's blue line is crowded with both prospects and veterans, making Simon Despres an ideal trade candidate. The 2009 first-round pick also has a plus-14 rating in his last 10 games, so he's doing everything the organization has wanted him to accomplish. "Wilkes-Barre coach John Hynes and Alain Nasreddine gave him a specific purpose to his play, in terms of matching up against the best players, the best lines," Shero said after the Pens sent him back to the AHL on Jan. 16. "And he handled that really well." Look for Pittsburgh to send him packing to a team willing to take an extended look at him at the NHL level prior to the trade deadline.

1/16/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Reassigned

News: Simon Despres was reassigned to AHL Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.
Analysis: Simon Despres' demotion would seem to signal that Paul Martin (leg) will be ready to return to the lineup for the team's next game Monday vs. the Panthers. The blueliner has no goals and four assists in 18 games with the Penguins this season.

1/10/2014

Simon Despres, D, PIT Pens' Despres Out Friday

Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Out Friday

News: Simon Despres is expected to serve as a healthy scratch Friday in Edmonton, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo will take one of the blue line slots while Deryk Engelland will line up as a fourth-line winger. Coach Dan Bylsma is looking for a physical lineup against the Oilers, forcing Simon Despres to the bench.

1/8/2014

Simon Despres, D, PIT Pens' Despres Not Producing

Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Not Producing

News: Simon Despres, who has one point in his last 10 games, went pointless with a minus-2 rating Tuesday.
Analysis: He started Tuesday paired on the top unit with Brooks Orpik, but ended up playing less than every defender other than Olli Maatta. Simon Despres offers fantasy potential, but it won't probably be realized until he starts seeing time on the man advantage. The 22-year-old has four assists in 18 games.

12/29/2013

Simon Despres, D, PIT Pens' Despres Out Sunday

Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Out Sunday

News: The Penguins are expected to scratch Simon Despres on Sunday in favor of the returning Rob Scuderi, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: After tallying three assists in a four-game span, Simon Despres has picked up just one helper in his last seven. It looks as though his time in Pittsburgh may be nearing an end once again as the team's health improves.

12/13/2013

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Assists In Friday Win

News: Simon Despres tallied his third assist in four games Friday.
Analysis: He's got a spot in the lineup at least until Rob Scuderi comes back, and he's out for another week or more. Simon Despres has an offensive touch and has wasted no time showing it.

12/9/2013

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Simon Despres

Despres Producing In Pittsburgh

News: Simon Despres has two points, including a power-play assist, in his last two games for Pittsburgh.
Analysis: He has only seen a smidgeon of power-play time, but that could change if he continues to play well. Coach Dan Byslma noted his strong play during a media scrum Monday. Simon Despres has four PIM, 11 hits, nine blocks and the aforementioned two points in six games.

11/27/2013

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Simon Despres

Despres Back In Pittsburgh

News: The Penguins recalled Simon Despres from AHL Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
Analysis: The defender has three goals and 11 points in 11 games for the Baby Penguins. Simon Despres has totaled 51 games at the NHL level, scoring three goals and 11 points in parts of two seasons. He rotated with Matt Niskanen and Robert Bortuzzo as part of a third pairing in practice Wednesday.

9/30/2013

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Simon Despres

Penguins Send Despres To AHL

News: The Penguins assigned Simon Despres to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Seth Rorabaugh reports.
Analysis: The Penguins have high hopes for Simon Despres, and he had a strong camp, but the Penguins decided to send him down for the time being because he's exempt from waivers. Don't expect Despres to remain in the minors for long.

9/14/2013

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Sick On Day 1

News: Despite early reports that Simon Despres came to camp out of shape, the reason he moved around slowly during Day 1 was actually due to illness, according to the the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Analysis: While it's possible Simon Despres begins the season getting big minutes in the AHL, the Pittsburgh coaching staff applauded the young blueliner's decision to participate in Day 1 practice despite skating with a cold. Keep in mind that Despres is the only Penguins defenseman out of the top eight who doesn't need to pass through waivers, making him an easy target to get sent to Wilkes-Barre.

9/12/2013

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Not Locked Into NHL Job

News: Despite coach Dan Bylsma calling Simon Despres "a top-four defenseman" shortly after the season ended, there's a chance he could start 2013-14 in the AHL, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Analysis: Simon Despres looked good in limited time last year, though he totaled only two goals and seven points in 33 games for Pittsburgh. The Pens have since added Rob Scuderi, giving them another top-four guy. As a result, the team could send Despres to the Baby Pens to start the 2013-14 campaign. A part of the decision-making process will involve what Pittsburgh decides to do with fellow blueliner Matt Niskanen and his $2.3 million salary cap hit.

5/9/2013

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Expected To Play Game 5

News: Simon Despres is expected to replace Mark Eaton in the Pens' lineup Thursday.
Analysis: Simon Despres got a rude introduction to the playoffs in Game 3, playing poorly in just over six minutes of ice time while registering a minus-2 rating. His vision, skating and passing ability are weapons the team looks to utilize Thursday against a youthful New York squad.

3/27/2013

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Simon Despres

Penguins Recall Despres Wednesday

News: The Penguins recalled Simon Despres from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Analysis: Simon Despres will likely continue to slide in and out of Pittsburgh's lineup, depending on matchups as decided by coach Dan Bylsma. The young blueliner has seven points (2 G, 5 A) and a plus-10 rating in 24 games with the Pens in 2013.

3/27/2013

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Simon Despres

Penguins Send Despres To AHL

News: Simon Despres has been sent to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by the Penguins.
Analysis: Simon Despres, who has appeared in 24 games this season for Pittsburgh, notching seven points in that span, heads down to the AHL for now to make room for the activation of Kris Letang.

2/22/2013

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Gets Chance Friday

News: After sitting out as healthy scratch since Feb. 15, Simon Despres is expected to play against Florida on Friday.
Analysis: Teams looking for a blueliner in daily leagues might do well to consider adding Simon Despres. He has two goals and five points in 13 games and will be looking to impress the coaching staff. He's expected to pair with Deryk Engelland. Robert Bortuzzo will likely sit as a healthy scratch.

2/20/2013

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Simon Despres

Despres To Sit For Pens Wednesday

News: Simon Despres will again serve as a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Flyers.
Analysis: Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo continue to rotate as the team's sixth defenseman. Despres gets the nod when a skilled blueliner is needed and Bortuzzo plays when muscle is the topic. The Penguins host Philadelphia, hence Bortuzzo's presence in the lineup.

2/17/2013

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres A Healthy Scratch Sunday

News: Simon Despres served as a healthy scratch Sunday against Buffalo.
Analysis: So long as the Pens' defensive corps is healthy, either Simon Despres or Robert Bortuzzo will sit out on most nights. Despres is still green behind the ears, but has two goals and five points in 13 games.

2/5/2013

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Scores In Tuesday Victory

News: Simon Despres scored his second goal Tuesday, giving him four points in eight games for Pittsburgh.
Analysis: He took two more minor penalties, giving him seven for the season. Simon Despres's overall play, however, has been a pleasant surprise in recent games after an early-season benching.