SIMON DESPRES NEWS

Fancy Stats, Goals, and Goal Assessments

By: Meesh Shanmugam As the transition to new ideas and statistics continues around the league (see: changes in Toronto’s management), I wanted to provide a side-by-side comparison of some possession statistics, actual goals on the ice, and my goal assessments from the past season. This is not meant to be a complete commentary since several factors (zone starts, usage, quality of...
Via The PensNation
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins News: Simon Despres, Mark Recchi re-sign with Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins have added to their defensive core and front office, and there's a lot to be excited about. #136405667 / gettyimages.comFun fact: by the time Simon Despres was born on July 27th, 1991, Mark Recchi had already scored 182 points, 71 goals, in his first 167 games of his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Those were Recchi's age 20-22 seasons.After...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Free Agency Update

Photo via: Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Simon Despres to 2 year contract worth $1.8M. #Pens have re-signed defenseman Simon Despres (@Despres747) to a two-year contract. Release → http://t.co/FdQ4GGcHQ5 pic.twitter.com/GrkCpJAvZe — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 18, 2014 Matt D’Agostini has signed with Swiss League (NLA)...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins, defenceman Simon Despres agree to 2-year deal

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenceman Simon Despres to a two-year contract worth $900,000 per season. The 22-year-old Despres appeared in a career-high 22 games for the Penguins last season, finishing with five assists.
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Players The Pens Should Target That Shouldn’t Break The Bank

With the NHL Salary Cap set at $69 million, the Pittsburgh Penguins have just a shade over $14.5 million in cap space per Cap Geek, and have only 14 players under contract for next season. Earlier in the week, the Penguins sent qualifying offers to Brandon Sutter, Simon Despres, Jayson Megna, Phillip Samuelsson and newly acquired Nick Spaling. So that 14.5 million will likely be...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Look To Hold Lead Over Providence Bruins

It is often said that in hockey “no lead is safe”.  This turned out to be true on Wednesday night when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins beat the Providence Bruins 5-4 in a 2OT thriller. The P-Bruins had a 4-1 lead in the third period and fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center were positive their team was going to secure the Game 3 win. However, the WBS Penguins gained momentum...
Via Beyond The Benches
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Draft Pick Simon Despres Gets It Done

Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Simon Despres excelled in Game 3 for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins as they prevailed over the Providence Bruins in the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday night, thanks in part to a brilliant comeback and a double overtime goal from Despres.  Depres was drafted 30th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

In Pittsburgh It Starts With The Coach But Doesn’t End There

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters, In the five full seasons Bylsma has been at the helm for the Penguins since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, he has forged this team's identity into his own. That has resulted in five mostly marvelous regular seasons and five unsatisfying postseasons. From a tactical standpoint, several portions of the system the team played overwhelmed...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 78 – Wild 4 Pens 0

Wild 4  Pens 0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals None Neal argues with Cooke about whether his linemates are AHL or ECHL quality. (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Neal (5) Missed Shots: Crosby, Niskanen, Pyatt (2) Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Despres, Scuderi (2) Hits: Glass (4) Ice Time: Martin (23:09) … Megna (11:01) Faceoffs: Sutter (9/17) … Crosby (5/17) CF...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 72 – Coyotes 3 Pens 2

Coyotes 3  Pens 2 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (18) (PP) from Neal, Crosby Pyatt (3) from Scuderi, Despres Stats Shots: Neal (6) Missed Shots: Maatta (2) Blocked Shots: Gibbons, Maatta (3) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Crosby (23:23) … Glass (7:35) Faceoffs: Goc (14/20) … Crosby (12/26) Guys, how do we celebrate a goal? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Quick...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 66 – Flyers 4 Penguins 0

Flyers 4  Pens 0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals None Stats Shots: Despres (5) Missed Shots: Engelland, Niskanen (2) Blocked Shots: Orpik (7) Hits: Glass (7) Ice Time: Niskanen (23:05) … Megna (11:48) Faceoffs: Goc (6/12) … Sutter (3/10) Malkin looks up to find his next giveaway… (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Quick Summary Good: Glass, Maatta Noteworthy: Despres,...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 60 – Penguins @ Blackhawks

Blackhawks 5  Penguins 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) *Sorry for the delayed post, travel and trades have kept me distracted* It started as such a promising weekend… (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo) Goals Neal (22) unassisted Stats Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Despres, Sutter (2) Hits: Bortuzzo (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (25:35) … Engelland (7:58...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Penguins aggressively pursuing Canucks’ Ryan Kesler

The Pittsburgh Penguins are aggressively pursuing Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Penguins general manager Ray Shero has been pursuing Kesler since January and would like to make a deal before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. Wednesday. A proposed deal would send Kesler to the Penguins in exchange for center Brandon Sutter, two 2014...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at the future of Simon Despres with @MadChad412 and @H_P_Hockey

The Pittsburgh Penguins can't seem to catch a break when it comes to injuries. I guess we all we were all kidding ourselves if we thought that the Pens' players that were representing their countries in Sochi, for the Olympics, were all going to make it through without an injury. Defenceman Paul Martin injured his wrist and will now be out 4-6 weeks. That, along with the...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

TPN RADIO: Is this Simon Despres Last Chance?

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Andy, @PensNation_Nick, @HockeyMeesh The Topics (Les Sujets) Post Olympic depression/celebration. Does Dan Bylsma deserve blame for Team USA’s shortcomings? Could Simon Despres now be out of play at the trade deadline with injuries to Paul Martin and Kris Letang?
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Recall Brian Gibbons and Simon Despres

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Brian Gibbons and defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Gibbons, 25, has appeared in 19 NHL contests with Pittsburgh this season, tallying four goals, five assists and nine points. He recorded his first...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Is the Penguins’ Defense Good Enough?

Back in 1973 the Philadelphia Flyers drafted defenseman Larry Goodenough with their second-round pick. Cleverly nicknamed “Izzy,” Goodenough enjoyed some early success with Philly before fizzling later on. It made me think of the Penguins’ defense. As it’s currently constructed, is the black-and-gold blueline corps good enough to anchor a Stanley Cup winner? Or will it falter...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Discuss: What is Happening with Simon Despres?

We’re hoping to make these discussions a weekly or bi-weekly feature. Your feedback is encouraged on these topics or what you would like as future topics! His patience with the puck wasn’t enough to keep him in the NHL. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh): With a month and a half before the trade deadline, there is no player in the Penguins organization...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Despres back to AHL as Penguins defense corps continues to get healthy

Simon Despres just wants to play some defense. On the surface, getting Despres ice time, even at practices, is significant in Penguins general manager Ray Shero's decision to re-assign the defenseman to the AHL on Thursday. “We've got a lot of depth,” Despres said. The Penguins are not blessed with opportunities for even their best prospects when the defense is near...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The procedure deails of why Simon Despres was sent down.

This moved turned some heads today. Simon Despres was sent back to WBS. [ Pensburgh ] Why the move was the procedural? This seems to be the most logical move. Credit to @demangone for finding it. Teams are governered by unrealistic rules during the Olympic break. [ Syracuse.com ] First rule: Starting with the easiest rule first, any NHL player subject to waivers...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins trade rumors

Mike Cammalleri As the 2013-2014 NHL season winds closer and closer to the month-long Olympic break in February, the window for teams to acquire new talent via trades is shrinking. A week after the Olympics end, the NHL has set their annual trade deadline day for March 5th, leaving teams with little time to try and ink any deals before they start their final run at the playoffs....
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Simon Sez…Despres Needs to Play

There’s no denying it. The Pittsburgh Penguins enjoy a wealth of riches when it comes to defensemen. Thanks to the drafting and bold maneuvering of GM Ray Shero, the Pens possess no fewer than a dozen defensemen (counting prospect Scott Harrington) who could be skating a regular shift in the NHL. That’s enough to stock two teams. Of all the d-men in the Penguins’ organization...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Baby Pens making big impact

Simon Despres defends the puck against the New York Rangers on Thursday. Three top-six forwards. Four top-six defenseman. No, that’s not the list of Pittsburgh Penguins making a push to play in the Sochi Olympics.  Rather, the number of regular starters whose services the Penguins gave been without for one reason or another the past few weeks. James Neal is suspended.  Evgeni...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Injuries a Blessing in Disguise?

It safe to say the Penguins have endured more than their share of hardship this year. With key performers such as Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi dropping like flies, the black and gold ranked fourth in the NHL with 161 man-games lost to injury as of December 15—a staggering total at this stage of the season. Call me crazy, but the virtual plague of misfortune may not be all bad. In...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Feature (Saturday): Simon Despres

By: Melissa Esing (@Off_thepost)   Photo Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images   Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday, with the exception of this week.  Today, we’re going to take a look at Simon Despres.  Former 2009 first-round pick, Simon Despres, worked hard to improve his consistency and efforts while with the Wilkes-barre/Scranton...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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