Simon Despres D ANA 3 days ago

Despres set up Ryan Kesler's game-winning goal in Wednesday's Game 4 triumph over the Jets.

While James Wisniewski was the Ducks' most attention-grabbing acquisition at the blue line, it's Despres who has been the more valuable addition for the Ducks. Despres finished the regular season with six points, 22 PIM, and 49 hits in his 16 games with the Ducks, solidifying a second-pairing spot in the postseason while Wisniewski sat in the press box. The 23-year-old was a force for the Ducks in the first-round series, notching two assists and an eye-popping 20 hits in the four-game sweep.

Simon Despres D ANA 4 weeks ago

Despres scored in the second period of Anaheim's win over the Oilers on Wednesday.

The goal comes as his first in 14 games since being acquired from the Penguins at the trade deadline. Despite not scoring goals, Despres has contributed nicely with five assists and 20 penalty minutes since the trade.

Simon Despres D ANA 1 month ago

Despres assisted on Ryan Getzlaf's overtime winner and collected six penalty minutes, seven hits, two shots on goal and a plus-1 rating Thursday against Boston.

Life in Anaheim has seen a little boost in Despres's fantasy production, as he's got a respectable five helpers and 14 PIM in 11 games. It's not crazy productivity, but it's a better rate than the 17 points in 59 games he managed with Pittsburgh before being traded to the Ducks.

Simon Despres D ANA 1 month ago

Despres collected an assist in Friday's win over the Avalanche.

The point was Despres' third in his past four games and his fourth as a Duck since being acquired at the trade deadline. However, he's only managed to top the 20 minute mark three times in nine games with his new team, and he could stand to see even less ice with the return of Sami Vatanen. Look for other fantasy options for the time being.

Simon Despres D ANA 2 months ago

Despres tallied an assist and recorded a plus-3 rating in his first game as a Duck on Tuesday night in Arizona.

Despres fit nicely into the Ducks' lineup skating alongside Cam Fowler on the second pairing. Despres was just one in a number of deadline acquisitions for the Ducks on defence, so we'll have to wait and see exactly where he'll fit into the Ducks' strategy on the blue line.

Simon Despres D ANA 2 months ago

Despres (head), who was acquired from the Penguins prior to Monday's trade deadline, will make him Ducks debut Tuesday against the Coyotes, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

There was some doubt cast on Despres' availability after he took a hit to the upper-body area in his final game with the Penguins on Sunday, but it appears he was cleared of any concussion-like symptoms before being dealt Monday. Despres, who has racked up 17 points, 64 PIM, and 184 hits over 59 games this season, should hold down a regular role on the Ducks' blue line the rest of the way.

Simon Despres D ANA 2 months ago

Despres (head) was traded to the Ducks on Monday in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Penguins indicated the head injury that Despres suffered in Sunday's win over the Blue Jackets appears to be minor, but that didn't prevent the team from seeking a veteran blueliner on deadline day. While Lovejoy possesses more NHL experience and might offer more present-day value than Despres, it appears the Ducks have added yet another intriguing young blueliner to a corps that also includes three under-25 talents in Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, and Sami Vatanen. At 6-foot-4 with a willingness to hit and the ability to score, Despres could become a mainstay on the defense for the Ducks over the next several seasons.

Simon Despres D ANA 2 months ago

Despres, who took a hit from behind during Sunday's win over the Blue Jackets, is being evaluated for a concussion, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Coach Mike Johnston suggested it was just a precautionary measure at this point, but the results of Despres' tests should become available by Tuesday. The blueliner hasn't yet been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Avalanche.

Simon Despres D ANA 3 months ago

Despres potted his second goal of the season (in 46 games) Friday for his first career game-winner.

He totaled just one hit after compiling 20 hits in his last four games, but fantasy owners will have to settle for a game-winning goal on five shots. After the contest, coach Mike Johnston said that Despres could see a bump up in playing time -- and with Kris Letang.

Simon Despres D ANA 3 months ago

Despres (illness) will play Tuesday against the Jets.

Despres' status for Tuesday's game was in question after he indicated following Monday's practice that he wasn't feeling fully healthy, but he'll attempt to gut it out as the Pens enter their second-half schedule. The 23-year-old, who has a goal and 12 points in 43 games this season, will pair up with Robert Scuderi on the third pairing.