Simon Despres D PIT 9 Hrs

Despres registered an assist and dished out 10 hits Saturday, finishing plus-2 with two PIM against the Panthers.

He skated 18:51 TOI and paired with Kris Letang because of Pittsburgh's injuries to the blue line. Expect Despres to continue seeing top four minutes in Week 12 with Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Martin sidelined through Christmas. He leads Pittsburgh with 107 hits in 31 contests.

Simon Despres D PIT 2 Days

The Penguins increased Despres' ice time Thursday to 22:29 TOI (including OT) after Christian Ehrhoff left with an undisclosed injury.

He played better with additional ice, registering five hits, two PIM and four shots. He also set up the game-winning goal with a cross-ice feed, though he wasn't credited with an assist after three other Pittsburgh skaters then touched the puck. He leads the Pens with 97 hits in 30 contests.

Simon Despres D PIT 8 Days

Despres leveled Calgary's Ladislav Smid with a questionable hit Friday which went unpenalized but could earn the defender a hearing with the league.

Despres picked up his sixth point, an assist, in 27 games. He has made an impact with 87 hits, but he could receive a fine -- and possibly a suspension -- for his hit on Smid.

Simon Despres D PIT 29 Days

Despres served as a healthy scratch for the first time in 2014-15 on Friday.

After the game, coach Mike Johnston said that he had to sit one of his seven healthy defenders and didn't want Robert Bortuzzo -- who sat out the team's last game -- to grow cold. Bortuzzo didn't play particularly well against the Islanders, so there's a good chance Despres returns to the lineup Saturday.

Simon Despres D PIT 30 Days

Despres is not in Friday's lineup against the Islanders, according to Root Sports in Pittsburgh.

Robert Bortuzzo will take Despres' spot in the lineup. There was no immediate word as to whether Despres is injured or is simply serving as a healthy scratch.

Simon Despres D PIT 1 Month

Despres scored his first goal since February of 2013 on Thursday and added nine PIM against the Jets.

He blocked three shots and compiled a plus-1 rating. Despres earned high marks for squaring off against Evander Kane but showed his penchant for taking costly penalties -- he was called for tripping with a minute remaining in regulation.

Simon Despres D PIT 2 Months

Despres tallied two helpers and finished with a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Devils.

The defenseman also contributed with three hits, two blocks, two shots and two penalty minutes Tuesday. With Olli Maatta expected to miss about a month's worth of action beginning in Week 5, Despres could see steady time. While his point production figures to remain inconsistent, he could help fantasy teams in hits, blocks and penalty minutes.

Simon Despres D PIT 2 Months

Despres rotated with Robert Bortuzzo as the Pens' sixth defenseman during Saturday's game-day skate.

Despite a tendency to take unnecessary penalties, Despres has played pretty well in limited minutes. With veteran Rob Scuderi and his ability to serve as an effective penalty killer, Despres and Bortuzzo may have to battle one another for the final spot on the blue line. It's possible that both Despres and Bortuzzo could eventually become a pairing while Scuderi sits, but for now it appears that either Despres or Bortuzzo will serve as the odd man out.

Simon Despres D PIT 2 Months

Despres collected his first point of the season in Thursday's loss to the Red Wings, notching the lone helper on Chris Kunitz's second-period goal. He also dished out a season-high six hits and finished plus-1.

Limited minutes -- he played just 12:26 Thursday -- have limited Despres' productivity, but he has played very physically, with 18 PIM and 21 hits on the year. Fantasy owners would surely like to see more points, but that's not ikely to happen in the near term unless another Penguins blueliner gets hurt.

Simon Despres D PIT 3 Months

Despres currently slots into Pittsburgh's defensive unit as part of a third-pairing with Rob Scuderi.

Despres may only have a two-week window or so with Robert Bortuzzo on the mend from an undisclosed injury. The former first-round draft pick has shown flashes of skill in the AHL -- he had 23 points in 36 games last year -- but that offense hasn't translated into production at the NHL level. Pittsburgh has a number of blue line prospects behind Despres, making October a very important month for the defender.