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Simon Despres | Defenseman | #6

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/27/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (30) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Defenseman Simon Despres is looking to remain healthy this season as he had a couple of concussions in 2015-16.
Despres was concussed in October after a hit by Tyson Barrie in the fifth game of the season and sat out 42 games at the time. The symptoms returned in late March after a game in Montreal when he was hit again. "Well, I was sensitive to light," Despres said. "Sensitive to noise. More emotional. I had headaches. Dizziness. Close to fainting. Stuff like that. ... It was a challenge. It was dangerous." Despres is currently healthy and has changed his number from 24 to 6 in hopes of a new start. He had only four points in 32 games last season so we definitely do not recommend the veteran defenseman in fantasy pools. Sep 25 - 5:31 AM

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Simon Despres (upper body) has been cleared to return to the lineup, according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

He hasn't played since Mar. 22 because of an upper-body injury. Look for him to be back in the lineup on Tuesday versus Winnipeg.
Apr 4 - 5:29 PM

Simon Despres (upper body) skated on his own before the Ducks’ practice on Saturday.

Despres suffered the injury March 22 against the Canadiens. He has four points in 28 games this year.
Apr 2 - 6:18 PM

Simon Despres (undisclosed) has returned to Anaheim to be evaluated.

Despres sustained an injury during Tuesday's contest. The Ducks are in Toronto right now, so naturally Despres will miss Thursday's game.
Mar 24 - 12:37 PM

Simon Despres isn't dealing with any major ill-effects related to the high crosscheck he absorbed from Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog.

Landeskog was handed a three-game suspension for his actions. Despres said he has a solid bruise on his neck, but it sounds like he'll be fine to remain in the lineup.
Mar 11 - 10:19 AM

Simon Despres is back in Anaheim's lineup for Saturday's game against the Kings.

Despres missed two games because of the flu. The 24-year-old has two assists in 19 games this season.
Mar 5 - 4:13 PM

Simon Despres practiced on Friday after missing a couple of games due to the flu.

Despres will be a game-time decision Saturday. He has only two assists in 19 games this season so his fantasy value is zero.
Mar 5 - 6:58 AM

Simon Despres (flu) will not be available on Thursday.

Despres also missed Wednesday's contest. He has two assists in 19 games this season.
Mar 3 - 3:57 PM

Simon Despres (flu) didn't attend the Ducks' morning skate on Wednesday.

Despres will consequently miss Wednesday's contest. Look for Clayton Stoner to dress instead.
Mar 2 - 3:31 PM

Simon Despres is battling the flu.

He missed Tuesday's practice as a result and should be considered questionable. If he isn't ready to go, Clayton Stoner could draw into the lineup. Despres has two assists in 19 games this season.
Mar 2 - 9:12 AM

Simon Despres registered an assist in Anaheim's 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Tuesday night.

It was Despres' first assist in 10 games this season. He's unfortunately missed a good chunk of the campaign with a concussion, but that's behind him now.
Feb 10 - 8:28 AM

Simon Despres will return to Pittsburgh for the first time since the trade that sent him to Anaheim.

Despres was drafted by the Penguins in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 24-year-old played in Pittsburgh between 2011-12 to 2014-15. "I was here from 18 to 24 years old," Despres said. "Those were very important years in your lifespan where you develop your character, develop your habits. Grow as an adult. I did that with this team."
Feb 8 - 8:17 AM

Simon Despres (concussion) has been taken off injured reserve.

He is expected to return to action on Tuesday night after missing 42 games with a concussion. "He's a big, strong-bodied guy who can play lots of minutes," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "What I'm expecting from him today is just a simple game ... get his feet [under him] and do the right things."
Jan 26 - 4:28 PM

Simon Despres (concussion) is expected to return on Tuesday.

Based on Monday's practice, Despres will probably be skating alongside Sami Vatanen. Despres hasn't played in the NHL since Oct. 16, but he did complete a four-game conditioning stint.
Jan 26 - 8:11 AM

Simon Despres (concussion) is back up with the Ducks after finishing his AHL conditioning stint.

He still hasn't been removed from Anaheim's injured reserve list, but he participated in battle drills during Monday's session. Despres may be a possibility to return on Tuesday.
Jan 25 - 12:54 PM

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