Simon Després

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Simon Després
Simon Després 2014-03-22.JPG
Després with the Penguins in 2014.
Born (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 23)
Laval, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2009
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2011–present

Simon Després (born July 27, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He was drafted 30th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Penguins.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

A native of Laval, Quebec, Després was rated as the top professional prospect in the QMJHL by several scouting bureaus and media outlets in anticipation of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (June 26–27 in Montreal). The Sea Dogs originally acquired Després with the first overall selection at the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft.[1] He scored his first QMJHL goal on September 23, 2007, against the Lewiston Maineiacs.[2] On June 26, 2009, Després became the final pick in the first round of the NHL draft, selected by the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, however he continued to play for the Sea Dogs in 2009, but remained a prospect for the Penguins.[3]

In 2009-10, Després appeared in 63 games, scoring nine goals and 47 points, as the Sea Dogs had a league best 109 points. Despres helped the Sea Dogs reach the President's Cup finals, however, Saint John lost to the Moncton Wildcats in six games. In 21 playoff games, he had two goals and 19 points.

Després makes his NHL debut against the Caps, December 2011.

In 2010-11, Després was limited to 47 games, but increased his goal scoring output to 13 goals, on his way to recording 41 points and winning the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL's best defenseman. After helping Team Canada win silver in 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Despres and the Sea Dogs capped off their season by winning the President's Cup on their way to a Memorial Cup championship victory.

Professional[edit]

Després played his first NHL game on December 1, 2011 with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals.[4] He earned his first NHL point on an assist with Chris Kunitz. He was also a plus-2 on the night[5] His first NHL goal was scored on December 16, 2011 against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.[6]

Després made his NHL playoff debut on Wednesday April 18, 2012 vs the Philadelphia Flyers, logging 11:22 of ice time, and finishing with a +2 in his debut. On this night, Despres became the first-ever Saint John Sea Dogs alumni to play in an NHL playoff game. Després was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on April 23, 2012, a day after the Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006-07 Laval-Bourassa Régents QAAA 42 8 31 39 36 5 0 2 2 8
2007–08 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 64 1 13 14 30 14 0 4 4 18
2008–09 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 66 2 30 32 74 4 0 4 4 2
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 63 9 38 47 87 21 2 17 19 18
2010–11 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 47 13 28 41 54 19 4 8 12 16
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 44 5 10 15 45 10 1 1 2 2
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 3 4 10 3 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 27 4 3 7 28
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 2 5 7 20 3 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 36 6 16 22 39 17 2 7 9 32
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 0 5 5 26
NHL totals 85 3 13 16 56 6 0 0 0 2
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2011 Buffalo

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WJC 7 0 3 3 0
Junior totals 7 0 3 3 0

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Angelo Esposito
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Beau Bennett