Simon Despres D PIT 14 Days
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 15 Days
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 1 Month
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 6 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."
Simon Despres D PIT 9 Months
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma called Simon Despres a "top-four defenseman."
Some 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.
Simon Despres D PIT 10 Months
Simon Despres was a healthy scratch Tuesday.
He 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 D PIT 10 Months
Simon Despres skated alongside Kris Letang at Pittsburgh's morning skate Thursday, which indicates he will play in Game 5.
If 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.