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Simon Despres | Defenseman

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/27/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 214
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Simon Despres has been a pleasant surprise on the Ducks blueline since his trade from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline.
Despres had the winner on Thursday but his solid play since the March 2 trade has impressed his teammates. "When you don’t expect much from a guy because you didn’t know the guy, it was a great surprise for everybody," fellow defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. "He was the steal of the deadline, that’s for sure. In the last few years I don’t know if there’s a guy that was traded at the deadline that’s made such a big impact on a team as he did. It was just a great move by Murph (GM Bob Murray)." May 23 - 6:06 AM

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Simon Despres scored the game-winning goal in Anaheim's 2-1 victory over Chicago Thursday night.

"I was surprised it went in actually," Despres said. "It just stayed on the ice. I just wanted to get it on net, quick release. I was definitely happy it went in." It was his first goal of the 2015 playoffs. He also has six assists in 12 games though, which is great given that he's more of a defensive defenseman.
May 22 - 9:31 AM

Simon Despres picked up two assists on Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary.

He had a hand in goals by Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey. Despres has posted four of his five helpers this postseason in his last four appearances. He has amassed 24 hits in seven playoff matches, while averaging 18:35 of ice time per game.
May 6 - 10:07 AM

Simon Despres took Saturday off practice as a maintenance day.

The defenseman is expected to practice on Monday as the Ducks will not practice Sunday. Despres has been a nice surprise since Anaheim dealt for him at the deadline. He is worth looking at in deep drafts next season as a 5-6 defenseman. The Ducks will take on the Calgary Flames in one Western Conference semi-final matchup.
Apr 26 - 6:10 AM

Simon Despres has been a pleasant surprise for the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks acquired Despres from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline and his steady play in the first round of the playoffs surprised many as he was solid defensively against Winnipeg and chipped in with a couple of assists in four games. "The first game we got him, he was much better than I thought he was," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I was thinking we were getting a raw, fairly green guy. And he came right in and had composure. Was physical. Did all the right things. He did it again in the series, really well. I was wondering near the end of the season whether he was coming down to earth a little bit. He was really good against a team that we really needed him to be good against." The former first round pick in 2009 is only 23 and could be a big part of the Ducks blueline for many years to come.
Apr 25 - 6:51 AM

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

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

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3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5Chris Wagner
LW1Shawn Horcoff
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3Patrick Maroon
4Carl Hagelin
5Tomas Fleischmann
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Jiri Sekac
4Chris Stewart
5Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2Sami Vatanen
3Kevin Bieksa
4Hampus Lindholm
5Simon Despres
6Clayton Stoner
7Korbinian Holzer
8Shea Theodore
G1Frederik Andersen
2Anton Khudobin
3John Gibson