Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Simon Despres
Simon Després was born July 27, 1991 in Laval, Quebec. A star from an early age, Després was the first overall selection of the Saint John Sea Dogs at the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft. He would spend four seasons with Saint John and was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In 2010-11 Després awarded the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL Defenceman of the Year

Després would split time between the AHL and NHL during his first professional season (2011-12). He would see action in 18 games for the Penguins, recording a goal and three assists. Després also appeared in three post-season games for the Penguins during the 2011-12 season. In doing so, he became the first Saint John Sea Dogs alumni to play in an NHL playoff game.

After playing parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he would be traded to the Anaheim Ducks on March 2, 2015 for Ben Lovejoy. Després would appear in 32 games for the Ducks during the 2015-16 season, recording four assists.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2006-07 Laval-Bourassa QAAA 42 8 31 39 36 5 0 2 2 8
2007-08 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 64 1 13 14 30 +18 14 0 4 4 18
2008-09 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 66 2 30 32 74 +16 4 0 4 4 2
2008-09 Canada WJ18-A 6 0 2 2 8 +5
2009-10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 63 9 38 47 87 +26 21 2 17 19 18
2010-11 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 47 13 28 41 54 +29 19 4 8 12 16
2010-11 Canada WJC-A 7 0 3 3 0 +7
2010-11 Saint John Sea Dogs M-Cup 3 1 0 1 8
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 3 4 10 +5 3 0 0 0 2
2011-12 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 44 5 10 15 45 -5 10 1 1 2 2
2012-13 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 27 4 3 7 28 -5
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 2 5 7 20 +9 3 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 0 5 5 26 +4
2013-14 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 36 6 16 22 39 +19 17 2 7 9 32
2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 59 2 15 17 64 +9
2014-15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 16 1 5 6 22 +2 16 1 6 7 6
2015-16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 32 0 4 4 8 +2 7 0 0 0 6
2015-16 San Diego Gulls AHL 4 1 1 2 6 -4
2016-17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 193 6 37 43 150 29 1 6 7 14


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. Missed majority of 2015-16 due to upper-body injury vs. Colorado, November 15, 2015. Missed majority of 2016-17 due to head injury at Dallas, October 13, 2016.
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