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Simon Despres | Defenseman

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/27/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 214
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Defenseman Simon Despres was quite emotional when he spoke to the Pittsburgh press on Friday.
Despres was dealt from Pittsburgh to the Ducks on Monday and as it happened the Penguins made their only trip to Anaheim on Friday, so the the trade was still very fresh in Despres' mind. "It's been very hectic," Despres said. "I wasn't expecting this. I've just been trying to focus on hockey." Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has been impressed with the play of Despres so far. "He's a big young man," Boudreau said. "He's physical. And he can make plays, too. So, there's a lot to like about him. He's been very good with the puck, hasn't made any panic turnovers. He might be nervous tonight playing against his old boys. But so far, he's been very good." Despres is not much of a scorer as he has only two goals and 16 assists this season but he gets a lot of hits. Mar 7 - 9:08 AM

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Simon Despres had a strong debut with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Despres was acquired from Pittsburgh on Monday in exchange for Ben Lovejoy. He had an assist and plus-three rating in 20:23 minutes of ice time in his first game with the Ducks. "He's a big, strong kid," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And I know he plays with an edge. I watched the Columbus game the other day. Sidney (Crosby) got hit, and he went right after the guy. That's good. We need that ilk of a player." Despres has 189 hits in 60 games in 2014-15.
Mar 4 - 4:34 AM

Simon Despres will be in the lineup for Anaheim Tuesday night against Arizona.

The Penguins sent him to the Ducks on Monday to reacquire Ben Lovejoy. Despres has 17 points and 64 penalty minutes in 59 games this season.
Mar 2 - 6:01 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have gotten Simon Despres from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Ben Lovejoy.

Despres has two goals and 17 points in 59 games in 2014-15. The 23-year-old blueliner might have some fantasy value in standard leagues in a season or two, but we wouldn't expect too much from him in what's left of the 2014-15 campaign.
Mar 2 - 3:11 PM

Simon Despres scored the overtime-winner in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over New Jersey on Friday night.

Devils' goaltender Cory Schneider shut the door on the Penguins for most of the night, but Chris Kunitz was able to beat him with under four minutes remaining to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was Despres' first since November 6th, and just his second of the year. The 23-year-old has 13 points in 46 games this season. Kris Letang assisted on both of Pittsburgh's goals in the game.
Jan 30 - 9:47 PM

Simon Despres returned to action on Tuesday January 27.

He missed two games prior to the All-Star break due to an illness. Despres logged 21:04 of ice time and posted a minus-1 rating in 5-3 win over Winnipeg.
Jan 28 - 1:49 AM

Simon Despres was absent from Tuesday's morning skate because of an illness.

He should be considered questionable to play against Philadelphia as a result. Despres was sent back to the hotel to get some rest.
Jan 20 - 1:28 PM

Simon Despres is probable to play Friday despite playing through an apparent injury.

He skated with Rob Scuderi and Robert Bortuzzo during the morning session, while Scott Harrington was paired with Christian Ehrhoff. Despres has contributed an assist in three of his past five contests.
Jan 16 - 2:07 PM

Defenseman Simon Despres picked up two assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Panthers in Florida Monday night.

Despres assisted on Patric Hornqvist's game-opening goal in the first period. It was Hornqvist's 12th goal of the season. Despres also drew an assist on Nick Spaling's sixth goal of the season, scored in the third period. Pittsburgh's third goal of the night was scored by Evgeni Malkin, his 16th of the season, at 16:50 of the third period.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:59:00 PM

Simon Despres returns to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Despres is an interesting peripheral producer: in 17 games played, he has five points, 38 PIM, 53 hits and 23 blocked shots. Considering the quality of his team (+25 for his career), there are worse pick-and-pop options, though you're unlikely to need a quick defenseman add today.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Simon Despres had seven hits on Thursday.

It was a career high for the defenseman who had a couple of assists on Tuesday in what is turning out to be a big fantasy week for Despres. He has four assists and 22 penalty minutes in nine games thus far.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 08:37:00 AM

Simon Despres had two assists in Pittsburgh's 8-3 victory Tuesday night.

Despres has four points in eight games this season, although all of those points have come in his last three contests. We don't think that point-per-game pace is sustainable for him, but he should surpass the 20-point mark for the first time in his career.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Kris Letang has been mentoring fellow defenseman Simon Despres.

Despres is expected to make the final roster of the Penguins as he'll have to clear waivers if he does not crack the lineup and it's unlikely that the Penguins will get to keep him. "He's been here for a while, so I'm trying to help him out," Letang said of Despres. "In my mind, he's a really good NHL player. He's got all the assets to become one of the best. He's one of the guys who I'm going to take care of, for sure." Despres played 34 games last season, picking up four assists. Look for a bigger season in 2014-15 as he should get 20-25 points.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Simon Despres needs to clear waivers before being sent to the minors.

That could help his chances of staying with Pittsburgh this season. Shoulder injuries to Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot increase Despres' shot at a roster spot as well. He signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract in July. Despres averaged 16:44 of ice time per game with the big club last season in 34 contests and he posted five assists.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Simon Despres has inked a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It appears Despres' deal is one-way and if that's the case then he's a safe bet to make the team's opening game roster. He had five assists and 26 penalty minutes in 34 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 05:36:00 PM

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C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5Chris Wagner
LW1Matt Beleskey
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Patrick Maroon
4Tomas Fleischmann
5Jiri Sekac
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Kyle Palmieri
4Emerson Etem
5Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2James Wisniewski
3Francois Beauchemin
4Hampus Lindholm
5Sami Vatanen
6Simon Despres
7Korbinian Holzer
8Clayton Stoner
9Sheldon Souray
G1Frederik Andersen
2John Gibson