Simon Despres D ANA 2 months ago

Despres scored his first goal of the playoffs in Game 3 on Thursday, beating Chicago's Corey Crawford with 55 seconds remaining in the second period to break a 1-1 tie, which ended up being the winning tally.

The former Penguin has had a good time in these playoffs, with a goal and six assists in the Ducks' dozen playoff game so far. That's an improved scoring rate over what Despres was able to do in the regular season, as even after coming over to Anaheim, he recorded only a modest six points in 16 contests. The Quebec native's got significant long-term offensive upside, and the experience he's gaining here in his first deep NHL playoff run will serve him well in the future.

Simon Despres D ANA 3 months ago

Despres notched two assists in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Flames.

Despres continues to shine in his first playoffs as a Duck. He now has five points -- all assists -- in his seven postseason games thus far. Despres had failed to tally any points in his meagre six games of playoff experience with the Penguins. While his role on the Ducks may be limited playing behind the likes of Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, Despres should continue to see regular ice and could become a valuable fantasy producer in the coming seasons.

Simon Despres D ANA 3 months ago

Despres bagged an assist in his 18:31 of ice time during the Ducks' Game 1 victory over the Flames on Thursday night.

Despres was acquired from the Penguins in exchange for veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy in an under-the-radar deal at the trade deadline, but it's beginning to look like a complete heist for the Ducks. The 23-year-old contributed six points and lofty hit totals for his new team over 16 regular-season games and has continued to roll in the playoffs, registering three assists and six shots on goal over five games. Despres is under contract for a pithy sum of $900,000 through the end of 2015-16, but look for the Ducks to extend him before he reaches free agency next summer.

Simon Despres D ANA 3 months 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 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.