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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%: 31/17 | Average Draft Position: 238.80
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1/30/2015

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Simon Despres

Despres Lifts Pittsburgh To Overtime Win Friday

News: Simon Despres potted his second goal of the season (in 46 games) Friday for his first career game-winner.
Analysis: He totaled just one hit after compiling 20 hits in his last four games, but fantasy owners will have to settle for a game-winning goal on five shots. After the contest, coach Mike Johnston said that Simon Despres could see a bump up in playing time -- and with Kris Letang.

1/27/2015

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres To Play Tuesday

News: Simon Despres (illness) will play Tuesday against the Jets.
Analysis: Simon Despres' status for Tuesday's game was in question after he indicated following Monday's practice that he wasn't feeling fully healthy, but he'll attempt to gut it out as the Pens enter their second-half schedule. The 23-year-old, who has a goal and 12 points in 43 games this season, will join Robert Scuderi on the third pairing.

1/27/2015

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Looks Like Game-Time Call

News: Simon Despres (illness) looks like he could be a game-time decision for Tuesday's tilt with the Jets, Dejan Kovacevic of DKonPittsburghSports.com reports.
Analysis: Simon Despres has been able to skate the last couple of days, but it still doesn't seem like he's quite 100 percent healthy since falling ill last week. The Penguins will likely assess his condition shortly before warmups before deciding whether he or Scott Harrington will join the lineup as the Pens' sixth defenseman.

1/21/2015

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres (Illness) To Sit Wednesday, Too

News: Coach Mike Johnston said that Simon Despres (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Senators, NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports.
Analysis: Simon Despres has been feeling sick since Tuesday morning and will miss his second straight game as a consequence. Unless he's the newest Penguins player to succumb to the mumps, Despres should be fully healthy when the team resumes action next week after the All-Star break. Derrick Pouliot was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday to provide an extra body in Despres' stead.

1/20/2015

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Simon Despres

Penguins' Despres (Illness) Out Tuesday

News: Simon Despres (illness) will not play Tuesday against the Flyers, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: The Penguins hoped Simon Despres' condition would improve enough over the afternoon to allow him to suit up Tuesday evening, but that never materialized. With Despres absent from pregame warmups, it looks like Scott Harrington will assume his spot in the Pittsburgh lineup.

1/20/2015

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres (Illness) Questionable For Tuesday

News: Simon Despres missed the Penguins' morning skate with an illness and is questionable to play Tuesday against the Flyers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Simon Despres stayed behind at the team hotel in an attempt to nurse himself back to full health by the evening. The Penguins will likely reassess his condition during the afternoon before making an official ruling on his status for Tuesday's game. Scott Harrington would be in line to replace Despres in the lineup if the illness keeps him out of commission.

1/6/2015

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Returns To Practice

News: Simon Despres (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Simon Despres was forced to exit Monday's practice early with an undisclosed ailment, but his return to action just a day later suggests the injury was only a minor concern. The Penguins expect to have him available as a third-pairing mate for Robert Scuderi on Wednesday against the Bruins.

1/6/2015

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Leaves Practice Early

News: Simon Despres left practice early because of a nagging injury, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Simon Despres hasn't missed any games recently due to injury, but apparently something has been bothering him. His status for Wednesday's game should become more clear before the game, but there is still another day between now and the game, so more clarity should come of the situation.

12/22/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Does It Again Monday

News: Simon Despres racked up two assists, two blocks and four hits in Monday's loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: He tallied a secondary assist while playing on Pittsburgh's second power-play during a third-period comeback. Pens coach Mike Johnston referred to Simon Despres as a veteran Monday as the 23-year-old has earned his spot on the team's blue line. Although he has only nine points (1G, 8A) in 32 games, Despres will eventually produce offensively for fantasy owners once his role increases from a primarily defensive one.

12/20/2014

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Simon Despres

Pens' Despres Making Presence Felt

News: Simon Despres registered an assist and dished out 10 hits Saturday, finishing plus-2 with two PIM against the Panthers.
Analysis: He skated 18:51 TOI and paired mostly with with Brian Dumoulin because of Pittsburgh's injuries to the blue line. Expect Simon Despres to continue seeing top-four minutes in Week 12 with Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Martin sidelined through Christmas. He leads Pittsburgh with 107 hits in 31 contests.

12/18/2014

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Simon Despres

Despres Active In Pens' OT Win Thursday

News: The Penguins increased Simon Despres' ice time Thursday to 22:29 TOI (including OT) after Christian Ehrhoff left with an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: He played better with additional ice, registering five hits, two PIM and four shots. He also set up the game-winning goal with a cross-ice feed, though he wasn't credited with an assist after three other Pittsburgh skaters then touched the puck. He leads the Pens with 97 hits in 30 contests.

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

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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.