Després makes his NHL debut against the Caps, December 2011.
July 27, 1991 |
Laval, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
|NHL team||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|NHL Draft||30th overall, 2009
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
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.
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. He scored his first QMJHL goal on September 23, 2007, against the Lewiston Maineiacs. 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.
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.
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.
Després played his first NHL game on December 1, 2011 with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals. He earned his first NHL point on an assist with Chris Kunitz. He was also a plus-2 on the night His first NHL goal was scored on December 16, 2011 against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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|
|Junior int'l totals||7||0||3||3||0|
- Simon Després Named To Canadian National Under-18 Team - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News
- Penguins cut 14
- Simon Després’ Performance on World Stage Has Penguins Hopeful - The Hockey Writers |
- Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile
- Simon Després's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Simon Després's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick