|Assets:||Has great size and poise with the puck. Moves the disc with aplomb, is very mobile and efficient overall. Also displays flashes of offensive acumen. Is capable of logging huge minutes if required.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have enough of a mean streak yet to make a physical impact at the highest level. Isn't a natural power-play quarterback, either. Can get into trouble when he doesn't trust his instincts.|
|Career Potential:||All-around defenseman with good upside.|
|QMJHL||Emile "Butch" Bouchard Trophy||2010-11|
|QMJHL||First All-Star Team||2010-11|
|1/27/2015||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|7/18/2014||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract.|
|6/30/2014||Pittsburgh Penguins tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/15/2014||Assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).|
|2/24/2014||Recalled from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).|
|1/16/2014||Assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).|
|11/27/2013||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/30/2013||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/27/2013||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/26/2013||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/15/2012||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|4/23/2012||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|4/18/2012||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|4/01/2012||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/27/2012||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/11/2012||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/09/2012||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|2/13/2012||Missed 15 games (lower body injury).|
|2/13/2012||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|1/11/2012||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/10/2012||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|1/02/2012||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|12/01/2011||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/22/2011||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/06/2010||Returned to his junior team (Saint John-QMJHL).|
|10/07/2009||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|9/23/2009||Returned to his junior team (Saint John-QMJHL).|
|6/26/2009||Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1st round (30th overall) in 2009.|
Pittsburgh agrees to terms with Simon Despres | 07/18/2014 5:36 PM
NewsSimon Despres has inked a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ImpactIt 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.
Simon Despres to get chance to crack lineup | 06/29/2014 10:46 AM
NewsSimon Despres will get a chance to crack the Pittsburgh lineup for the 2014-15 season.
ImpactDespres was not a favorite of the recently-fired head coach Dan Bylsma and with Matt Niskanen, Deryk Engelland and Brooks Orpik unlikely to return to the Pittsburgh lineup, the former first round pick will be given every opportunity to win a job on the Penguins blueline. "Without a doubt," associate GM Jason Botterill said. "You saw how he played in the playoffs in Wilkes-Barre. It was a great step in the right direction. He went down there with a better attitude. He was very physical. I think he enjoyed playing. It's been a difficult situation for our defensemen because of the depth that we have."
Simon Despres heads to the AHL | 04/15/2014 10:42 AM
NewsSimon Despres has been sent to the minors.
ImpactDespres has five assists in 34 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He'll aide AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in its playoff run.
Simon Despres a healthy scratch against Hawks | 03/31/2014 10:17 AM
NewsSimon Despres was a healthy scratch against the Chicago Blackhawks S.unday
ImpactJust an FYI. He has five assists in 31 games this season, as well as a plus-five rating.
Simon Despres sits in the press box Sunday | 03/17/2014 10:31 AM
NewsSimon Despres was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
ImpactThe Penguins decided to dress Robert Bortuzzo instead and he earned an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 loss. Despres hasn't picked up a point in his last 12 NHL outings.
Simon Despres might stay with Penguins | 02/25/2014 11:04 AM
NewsSimon Despres might stick with the Penguins for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.
ImpactDespres was called up largely because Kris Letang and Paul Martin are both sidelined, but the Penguins are also upbeat about how he's done in the minors this season. "His play in the American league speaks for itself," Penguins assistant coach Todd Reirden. "He's gone down with a great attitude and a commitment to playing Penguins hockey. All the reports - and we've had quite a few of them during the Olympic break - were very strong for him to be the first guy who gets called up here." Despres has six goals and 22 points in 34 AHL games.
Penguins recall Simon Despres from the minors | 02/24/2014 8:08 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled Simon Despres from the minors.
Rob Rossi on Twitter
ImpactThe Pens are hurting on the blueline yet again as Kris Letang is out after suffering a stroke and Paul Martin was injured at the Olympics. Despres had four points in 18 NHL games during a previous stint this season in Pittsburgh but we cannot recommend him at this time.
Simon Despres still in Penguins plans | 01/26/2014 9:29 AM
NewsDemoted defenseman Simon Despres is still in the future plans of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ImpactDespres was demoted when defensemen Paul Martin, Kris Letang and Robert Scuderi returned to action, giving the Pens too many blueliners. "Where he is right now, in terms of his career, he's in a good spot," GM Ray Shero said. "In terms of the progression he's made and his maturity, on and off the ice, I think that's coming. Even though he's not [in the NHL now], we still believe he's a very good prospect for us and will be an NHL player, for sure." The 22-year-old was the Penguins first round pick and 30th overall in the 2009 Draft.
Simon Despres heads to the minors | 01/17/2014 10:04 AM
NewsSimon Despres has been returned to the minors.
ImpactDespres has four points in 18 games with Pittsburgh this season. The Penguins' blueliners are getting healthy, which prompted this adjustment.
Simon Despres rejoins Pittsburgh | 11/27/2013 9:43 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have called up Simon Despres.
ImpactDespres has 11 points and 21 penalty minutes in 17 games with the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season. He was taken with the 30th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Penguins send Simon Despres to AHL | 09/30/2013 5:17 PM
NewsSimon Despres has been sent down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
ImpactDespres had seven points and 20 penalty minutes in 33 games last season. This is a surprising fall for Despres, who was called a top-four defenseman by Penguins coach Dan Bylsma in June.
Simon Despres has been sick at start of camp | 09/14/2013 9:44 PM
NewsSimon Despres has been dealing with an illness early in training camp.
ImpactIt has led some to believe that he was out of shape because he lagged behind in conditioning drills, but coach Dan Bylsma said that is not the case. "When we started camp, Simon was in a situation where I would say almost 100 percent of the time during the regular season he would not have practiced," Bylsma said. "He didn't want to take that out. to his credit, he battled through what was probably the toughest day. He got through Day One, and I'm pretty happy he did do that."
Simon Despres could be top-four D | 06/09/2013 2:59 PM
NewsPittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma called Simon Despres a "top-four defenseman."
Josh Yohe on Twitter
ImpactSome might find this prognostication strange since Bylsma decided to scratch Despres in favor of marginal blueliners like Dave Engelland, but perhaps this is more of a long-term assessment. Of course, a potential different coach might feel more (or less) highly about Despres anyway, if a change comes to pass.
Pittsburgh scratches Simon Despres in Game 1 | 05/15/2013 11:36 AM
NewsSimon Despres was a healthy scratch Tuesday.
ImpactHe played in three games against the New York Islanders in Round 1, but when the semifinals began against the Ottawa Senators he was sent to the press box. Despres sat in favor of Deryk Engelland, who plays a rugged style which matches the Senators' style much more.
Simon Despres may be in for Pens Thursday | 05/09/2013 5:06 PM
NewsSimon Despres skated alongside Kris Letang at Pittsburgh's morning skate Thursday, which indicates he will play in Game 5.
ImpactIf he does play then it looks like Mark Eaton will draw out of the lineup. Despres had a minus-2 rating against the New York Islanders in Game 3, which was his only other appearance of the series.
Simon Despres waits for another shot | 04/10/2013 11:24 AM
NewsSimon Despres has been a healthy scratch for the past two games.
ImpactRobert Bortuzzo has been playing on Pittsburgh's blueline in his place. "I have a lot of things to work on," Despres said. "I can still be better. I have to learn to do the simple things better." He is eager to get back into the lineup and vows to play better when he gets another opportunity.
Penguins bring Simon Despres back up | 03/27/2013 12:58 PM
NewsSimon Despres has been recalled by Pittsburgh.
ImpactHe was sent down to the AHL on Tuesday because of Kris Letang's return to the lineup, but with Letang hurt again Despres will rejoin the team. In 24 games with Pittsburgh this year, he has seven points and a plus-10 rating.
Penguins reassign Simon Despres to AHL | 03/26/2013 3:29 PM
NewsPittsburgh Penguins reassign Simon Despres to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
ImpactThe Penguins have been carrying eight defensemen most of the season and recently acquired veteran blueliner Douglas Murray from San Jose. With Kris Letang on the verge of being activated from injured reserve, it looks like Despres was the odd man out.
Penguins scratch Despres and Bortuzzo | 03/13/2013 8:44 AM
NewsSimon Despres sat Tuesday's game as a healthy scratch, along with Robert Bortuzzo.
ImpactThe Penguins have eight healthy defensemen on their roster, so there will be different pairings on most nights. Pittsburgh owns a 15-4 record when Despres suits up this season and a mark of 4-4 when he doesn't play.
Simon Despers faces ice time crunch | 03/09/2013 11:23 AM
NewsWith the return to action of Mark Eaton, the Penguins have eight healthy defenseman making it more diffuclt for rookies Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo to get into the lineup on a regular basis.
ImpactThat said, the Pens are happy with the progress and contributions of Despres. "Simon has shown some very good games and some very good things, and he's shown them lately," coach DanBylsma said. "The consistency in his game is, really, where he needs to improve. But he didn't come out of the lineup because of inconsistent play over the last two [in which he appeared]." It's obviously a numbers game in Pittsburgh and they don't appear in Despres and Bortuzzo's favour.
Simon Despres enjoys strong game Saturday | 03/04/2013 1:23 PM
NewsSimon Despres recorded an assist and a plus-1 rating in Pittsburgh's wild 7-6 overtime win over Montreal Saturday.
ImpactCoach Dan Bylsma was impressed with the rookie defender's game, calling it "maybe his best game" during Sunday's practice. Despres returned the lineup that night after being made a healthy scratch for the team's previous two contests. He's expected to remain in the lineup for Monday's match versus Tampa Bay.
Despres drawas back in against Cats | 02/23/2013 2:08 PM
NewsDefenseman Simon Despres was back in the Pittsburgh lineup against the Panthers Friday.
ImpactHe has been a healthy scratch in favour of either Deryk Engelland and Robert Bortuzzo against the more physical NHL teams. Despres has offensive talent but it may be a while before he can get a consistent opportunity to show it.
Simon Despres will be healthy scratch Sunday | 02/17/2013 11:54 AM
NewsSimon Despres will be a healthy scratch Sunday on the road against the Buffalo Sabres.
Shelly Anderson on Twitter
ImpactDespres had a terrible game in Winnipeg a couple of days ago. Robert Bortuzzo will be replacing him for Sunday's contest and should add some needed grit and physicality to the Pens' lineup in Buffalo.
Despres, Bortuzzo squeeze Lovejoy out | 02/07/2013 10:45 AM
NewsThe play of Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo led the Penguins to deal blueliner Ben Lovejoy on Wednesday night.
Impact"Both of them continue to make strides and go through growth," said assistant Todd Reirden, who oversees the defense. "They've both had a real positive impact on our defense." Despres has been paired with Kris Letang while Matt Niskanen has been hurt and Bortuzzo recently got into the lineup over Lovejoy on the third pairing alongside Deryk Engelland.
Simon Despres skates alongside Letang | 01/30/2013 2:00 PM
NewsSimon Despres was paired with Kris Letang on Tuesday night.
ImpactDespres is filling for injured blueliner Matt Niskanen, but he is familiar with Letang after the two of them played together for most of Pittsburgh's shortened training camp. Letang has provided Despres with leadership and guidance, which should help him in the future.
Simon Despres won't play on Friday | 01/25/2013 5:10 PM
NewsSimon Despres will be a healthy scratch on Friday.
ImpactPenguins coach Dan Bylsma is looking for "more consistency in his play and his demeanor." Despres has an assist and four points in three games this season.
Simon Despres likely heading back to AHL | 01/14/2013 2:58 PM
NewsSimon Despres isn't expected to start the regular season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ImpactThe team will likely keep Ben Lovejoy and Deryk Engelland as their third pairing, while Robert Bortuzzo and Brian Strait are likely to stay with the club as extras. Despres doesn't have to clear waivers to be sent down and the others do. He has seven points in 27 games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this campaign and at just 21 years of age he could use the additional time to develop. Even if he does end up back in the minors, it won't be long before he is patrolling the blueline in the NHL.
|11/21/2014||Pit||NYI||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||2 times-last:at NJ||last:Jan 30||0|
|Assists||2||3 times-last:at Fla||last:Dec 22||1|
|Points||2||3 times-last:at Fla||last:Dec 22||1|
|Penalty Minutes||9||at Wpg||Nov 6||4|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. NJ||Oct 28||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||59 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 1||0|
|Power Play Points||1||at Fla||Dec 22||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||59 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 1||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||59 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 1||0|
|Shots||7||at NJ||Dec 29||5|
|Assists||5||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Pit)|
|Penalty Minutes||26||2013-14 (Pit)|
|Power Play Goals||1||2011-12 (Pit)|
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