Simon Despres
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SimonDespres
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 218
BIRTHDATE: 07/27/1991
AGE: 25
BIRTHPLACE: Laval, QC, CAN
DRAFTED: PIT: 2009-30 overall
QMJHL All-Rookie Team (2008) QMJHL First All-Star Team (2011) QMJHL Defenseman of the Year (2011) Traded to Anaheim by Pittsburgh for Ben Lovejoy, March 2, 2015.
(Pronounced SIMON DUH-pray)

Solid two-way defenseman with great size is playing 1st season of professional hockey in 2011-12 season. 

Played 4 seasons with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2007-11.

Defensive leader and alternate captain helped Sea Dogs win QMJHL championship and Memorial Cup in 2010-11. Scored shorthanded goal in Memorial Cup final.

Won Emile “Butch” Bouchard Award as Best Defenseman in the QMJHL in 2010-11.

Member of Team Canada’s silver-medal winning squad at World Junior Championships in 2011.

Played in 260 career games in QMJHL, totaling 134 points (25G-109A) and 39 playoff points (6G-33A) in 58 postseason contests.

In last 2 years, scored 88 points (22G-66A) and posted a plus-55 rating in 110 contests. 

Drafted by Saint John 1st overall in the 2007 QMJHL Draft.

Junior teammate of fellow Penguins prospects Alex Grant and Nick Petersen. Defensive partner with Grant.

Signed through the 2013-14 season.