Simon Després

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Simon Després
Simon Despres 2014-12-12 2.JPG
Després with the Penguins in 2014.
Born (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 26)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Slovan Bratislava
Pittsburgh Penguins
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2009
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2011–present

Simon Després (born July 27, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was drafted in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins and has also played for the Anaheim Ducks. During a game in 2015, he suffered a severe concussion that complicated his career due to recurring symptoms, forcing him to miss nearly all Ducks games to follow; out of concern for his condition, the Ducks bought him out.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Després began his major junior ice hockey career with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Saint John Sea Dogs, who 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] After two seasons of play, 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). On June 26, 2009, he was drafted 30th overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the League's recently crowned Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.[3]

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

Després making his NHL debut against the Washington Capitals, 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 defenceman. After helping Team Canada win silver in 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Després and the Sea Dogs capped off their season by winning the President's Cup on their way to a Memorial Cup championship victory.[4]

Professional[edit]

Després played his first career NHL game on December 1, 2011, with the Penguins against the Washington Capitals.[5] He earned his first NHL point on an assist on Chris Kunitz's goal; he also posted a +2 plus-minus rating on the night.[6] Després' scored his first career NHL goal on December 17, 2011, against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.[7]

Després made his Stanley Cup playoff debut on April 18, 2012, against the Philadelphia Flyers, logging 11:22 of ice time and finishing with a +2 plus-minus rating. On the night, Després became the first-ever Saint John Sea Dogs alumnus to play in a Stanley Cup playoff game. One day after Pittsburgh was eliminated from the 2012 playoffs by the Flyers, he was reassigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, on April 23 to participate in their run in the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs.

On March 2, 2015, Després was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Ben Lovejoy.[8] Després scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal on May 22 against Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Finals. The goal, the eventual game-winner in a 2–1 Ducks victory, was assisted by teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler.[9]

On October 16, 2015,[10] Després suffered a concussion as a result of an illegal hit from Colorado Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie. Després missed 42 games to follow,[11] while Barrie was suspended for three.[10] In the 2016–17 season, Després featured in the opening game against the Dallas Stars before recurring concussion symptoms ruled him out from the remainder of the season. With his future uncertain because of his medical history, and due to salary cap constraints, the Anaheim Ducks opted to buy-out the remaining three years of his contract on June 16, 2017. With the remainder of his contract valued at US $15.9 million, he will only be paid $5.3 million of it over the next eight seasons.[11]

In August 2017, it was announced that Després had signed a one-year contract to play in the KHL as a member of HC Slovan Bratislava. The decision will alleviate the Ducks' salary cap concerns regarding his buyout.[12]

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
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 59 2 15 17 64
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 16 1 5 6 22 16 1 6 7 6
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 32 0 4 4 8 7 0 0 0 6
2015–16 San Diego Gulls AHL 4 1 1 2 6
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 193 6 37 43 150 29 1 6 7 14
Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2011 Buffalo

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 0 3 3 0
Junior totals 7 0 3 3 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
All-Rookie Team 2008
CHL Top Prospects Game 2009
First All-Star Team 2011
Emile Bouchard Trophy 2011
President's Cup (Saint John Sea Dogs) 2011
Memorial Cup 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simon Després Named To Canadian National Under-18 Team". OurSportsCentral.com. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=2147483647&id_register=10229
  3. ^ "Penguins cut 14". Post-Gazette. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Simon Despres impresses in NHL debut as Penguins stymie Capitals". bleacherreport.com. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  6. ^ Simon Després’ Performance on World Stage Has Penguins Hopeful - The Hockey Writers |
  7. ^ "Penguins too strong for Sabres". National Hockey League. 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Ducks acquire Despres from Pittsburgh in exchange for Lovejoy". Anaheim Ducks. 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  9. ^ Rourke, Shawn (May 22, 2015). "Despres steps up with game-winning goal for Ducks". NHL.com. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Avalanche's Barrie suspended three games for charging, interference". NHL.com. October 18, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Ducks shed contract of Simon Després by buying him out". OC Register. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  12. ^ O'Brien, James (August 24, 2017). "Former Ducks, Penguins defenseman Simon Despres heads to KHL". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2017. 

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