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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%: 25/16 | Average Draft Position: 280.25
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12/12/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres With Questionable Hit Friday

News: Simon Despres leveled Calgary's Ladislav Smid with a questionable hit Friday which went unpenalized but could earn the defender a hearing with the league.
Analysis: Simon Despres picked up his sixth point, an assist, in 27 games. He has made an impact with 87 hits, but he could receive a fine -- and possibly a suspension -- for his hit on Smid.

11/21/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Uninjured But Sits Friday

News: Simon Despres served as a healthy scratch for the first time in 2014-15 on Friday.
Analysis: After the game, coach Mike Johnston said that he had to sit one of his seven healthy defenders and didn't want Robert Bortuzzo -- who sat out the team's last game -- to grow cold. Bortuzzo didn't play particularly well against the Islanders, so there's a good chance Simon Despres returns to the lineup Saturday.

11/21/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Out Friday

News: Simon Despres is not in Friday's lineup against the Islanders, according to Root Sports in Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Robert Bortuzzo will take Simon Despres' spot in the lineup. There was no immediate word as to whether Despres is injured or is simply serving as a healthy scratch.

11/6/2014

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Simon Despres

Despres Feisty For Pens On Thursday

News: Simon Despres scored his first goal since February of 2013 on Thursday and added nine PIM against the Jets.
Analysis: He blocked three shots and compiled a plus-1 rating. Simon Despres earned high marks for squaring off against Evander Kane but showed his penchant for taking costly penalties -- he was called for tripping with a minute remaining in regulation.

10/28/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Shows What He Can Do Tuesday

News: Simon Despres tallied two helpers and finished with a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Devils.
Analysis: The defenseman also contributed with three hits, two blocks, two shots and two penalty minutes Tuesday. With Olli Maatta expected to miss about a month's worth of action beginning in Week 5, Simon Despres could see steady time. While his point production figures to remain inconsistent, he could help fantasy teams in hits, blocks and penalty minutes.

10/25/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Could Sit Saturday

News: Simon Despres rotated with Robert Bortuzzo as the Pens' sixth defenseman during Saturday's game-day skate.
Analysis: Despite a tendency to take unnecessary penalties, Simon Despres has played pretty well in limited minutes. With veteran Rob Scuderi and his ability to serve as an effective penalty killer, Despres and Bortuzzo may have to battle one another for the final spot on the blue line. It's possible that both Despres and Bortuzzo could eventually become a pairing while Scuderi sits, but for now it appears that either Despres or Bortuzzo will serve as the odd man out.

10/23/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Nets First Point

News: Simon Despres collected his first point of the season in Thursday's loss to the Red Wings, notching the lone helper on Chris Kunitz's second-period goal. He also dished out a season-high six hits and finished plus-1.
Analysis: Limited minutes -- he played just 12:26 Thursday -- have limited Simon Despres' productivity, but he has played very physically, with 18 PIM and 21 hits on the year. Fantasy owners would surely like to see more points, but that's not likely to happen in the near term unless another Penguins blueliner gets hurt. With Robert Bortuzzo due back Saturday, it's expected that either Despres or Rob Scuderi will sit out.

10/4/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Might Finally See Regular Minutes

News: Simon Despres currently slots into Pittsburgh's defensive unit as part of a third pairing with Rob Scuderi.
Analysis: Simon Despres may only have a two-week window or so with Robert Bortuzzo on the mend from an undisclosed injury. The former first-round draft pick has shown flashes of skill in the AHL -- he had 23 points in 36 games last year -- but that offense hasn't translated into production at the NHL level. Pittsburgh has a number of blue line prospects behind Despres, making October a very important month for the defender.

9/25/2014

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Simon Despres

Despres Assists In Pens' Win Thursday

News: Simon Despres chipped in with a pair of assists and a fighting major Thursday against the Wild.
Analysis: He's finally away from Dan Bylsma and could be given a better chance to show what he can do in 2014-15. Simon Despres is slated to serve as the team's sixth or seventh defenseman, but more nights like Thursday figure to boost his stock with a new head coach and general manager.

7/18/2014

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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.