Simon Despres D PIT 1 Day

Simon Despres has been sent to the minors.

Despres has five assists in 34 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He'll aide AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in its playoff run.

Simon Despres D PIT 16 Days

Simon Despres was a healthy scratch against the Chicago Blackhawks S.unday

Just an FYI. He has five assists in 31 games this season, as well as a plus-five rating.

Simon Despres D PIT 1 Month

Simon Despres was a healthy scratch on Sunday.

The 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 D PIT 2 Months

Simon Despres might stick with the Penguins for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.

Despres 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.

Simon Despres D PIT 2 Months

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled Simon Despres from the minors.

The 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 D PIT 3 Months

Demoted defenseman Simon Despres is still in the future plans of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despres 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 D PIT 3 Months

Simon Despres has been returned to the minors.

Despres has four points in 18 games with Pittsburgh this season. The Penguins' blueliners are getting healthy, which prompted this adjustment.

Simon Despres D PIT 5 Months

The Pittsburgh Penguins have called up Simon Despres.

Despres 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.

Simon Despres D PIT 7 Months

Simon Despres has been sent down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Despres 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 D PIT 7 Months

Simon Despres has been dealing with an illness early in training camp.

It 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."