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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Despres (illness) looks like he could be a game-time decision for Tuesday's tilt with the Jets, Dejan Kovacevic of reports.

Despres has been able to skate the last couple of days, but it still doesn't seem like he's quite 100 percent healthy since falling ill last week. The Penguins will likely assess his condition shortly before warmups before deciding if he or Scott Harrington will join the lineup as the Pens' sixth defenseman.

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Coach Mike Johnston said that Despres (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Senators,'s Wes Crosby reports.

Despres has been feeling sick since Tuesday morning and will miss his second straight game as a consequence. Unless he's the newest Penguins player to succumb to the mumps, Despres should be fully healthy when the team resumes action next week after the All-Star break. Derrick Pouliot was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday to provide an extra body in Despres' stead.