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Simon Despres
Simon Despres
Defenseman  - PIT
Number: 47
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 214
Shoots: Left
Born: Jul 27, 1991  (Age 22)
Birthplace: Laval, QC, Canada
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Drafted: PIT / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (30th overall) PROSPECT BIO
(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.
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