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Simon Despres

23-Year-Old Defenseman – Pittsburgh Penguins

2014-15 NHL Stats

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In three seasons shuttling between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre, Despres has compiled three goals and 16 points in 85 games. He appeared to frustrate the old regime more than anything else, being promoted and demoted on a weekly basis. The jury is out on the 6-foot-4 blueline...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 214   DOB: 7/27/1991   BORN: Laval, Quebec   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #30 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Simon Despres Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $1.8 million deal with the Penguins in July 2014.

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Despres currently slots into Pittsburgh's defensive unit as part of a third pairing with Rob Scuderi.

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Simon Despres NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2011-12 20 NHL PIT 18 1 3 4 5 10 22 4.5 0 0 14:13 1 0 1 1:18 19 17
2012-13 21 NHL PIT 33 2 5 7 9 20 33 6.1 0 0 15:07 0 1 1 0:42 48 31
2013-14 22 NHL PIT 34 0 5 5 4 26 41 0.0 0 0 16:45 0 1 1 0:46 72 46
2013-14 22 AHL WB- 36 6 16 22 19 39 0 0
2014-15 23 NHL PIT 5 0 0 0 0 18 8 0.0 0 0 12:59 0 0 0 0:01 15 9
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Time On Ice Stats

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Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Simon Despres was on the ice for 12:59.

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Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Simon Despres was on the ice for 0:01 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2013-14 16:45 0:46
2014-15 12:59 0:01

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Simon Despres 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 22 PHI 0 0 0 -1 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 2 11:47 0:00
Oct 18 NYI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 11:54 0:00
Oct 16 DAL 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 2 11:29 0:06
Oct 11 at TOR 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 1 14:09 0:00
Oct 9 ANH 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 3 15:36 0:00

Simon Despres: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Despres chipped in with a pair of assists and a fighting major Thursday against the Wild.

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Despres signed a two-year, $1.8 million deal with the Penguins on Friday.

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The Penguins have assigned Despres to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Despres could provide sneaky fantasy value for Pittsburgh with both Kris Letang (stroke) and Paul Martin (hand) sidelined for at least a month.

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Despres has been recalled by the Penguins, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Despres has scored six goals and eight points in his last 10 games for AHL Wilkes-Barre, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Despres is expected to serve as a healthy scratch Friday in Edmonton, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Despres, who has one point in his last 10 games, went pointless with a minus-2 rating Tuesday.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Despres continues to slowly gain coach Dan Bylsma's trust, seeing action in 33 games last year after playing 18 times in 2011-12. Bylsma has yet to award the first-round draft pick with consistent shifts, however -- he averaged just over 15 minutes of action (15:06 TOI) when he did play. That could change in the coming season. Despres moves the puck well with above average vision and has an offensive flair. He compiled just seven points (2G, 5A) in 33 games with Pittsburgh, but the upside is there. He's worth a look as an end-game pick.

2012-13

Because of his 18-game trial with the Pens last year, Despres is the odd-on favorite among Pittsburgh defensive prospects to make his mark in the coming season. The 6-foot-2 defenseman averaged better than a point-per-game in his final three QMJHL campaigns. With Wilkes-Barre, he scored only five goals and 15 points in 45 games during his first professional season, although he didn't look out of place on the Penguins' blue line, contributing with surprisingly solid defense and four points (1G, 3A). There's talk that he could see time with Kris Letang. If that happens then there's a chance that Despres could surprise to the upside right off the bat.

2011-12

Despres tops the list of Pens' prospects ready to make the jump to CONSOL Energy Center at some point in 2011-12. The team boasts seven competent defenders ahead of him, but rarely does a defensive corps stay healthy throughout the course of a season. For his part, Despres helped the St. John Sea Dogs to a Memorial Cup victory in the QMJHL. The 20-year-old blueliner netted 13 goals and picked up 41 points in 47 contests. Despres has increased his goals totals in each of his four junior seasons, posting marks of 1, 2, 9, and 13, respectively. He has good size at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, but isn't known as a physical player. From a fantasy perspective, defensemen typically take a couple years to make their presence felt. Moreover, Despres has yet to even see any time in the AHL. Still, the blueliner from Laval deserves consideration in keeper leagues and an early arrival in Pittsburgh could offer surprising results.

2010-11

Pittsburgh's 2009 No. 1 pick, Despres made great strides in the QMJHL last season. Despres potted more goals (9) and more points (67) than he did in his previous two years, combined. The defenseman netted three goals and 43 points during his first two QMJHL campaigns. It's possible that Despres starts his professional career with the Baby Pens in the fall or even spends nine games with Pittsburgh at the start of the NHL season. Even so, he's probably a year or two away from making an impact at Consol Energy Center.

2009-10

Despres will head back to his junior team in 2009-10. For a No. 1 pick, it's pretty amazing that the defenseman has just three goals in 130 QMJHL contests. It's unlikely he makes the Pens for at least a couple of seasons. He has the potential to serve as an assist distributer, but there's really no reason to pick him up, even in most keeper leagues.