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Ducks Acquire Despres from Pittsburgh in Exchange for Lovejoy

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have acquired defenseman Simon Despres from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

Despres, 23 (7/27/91), has appeared in 144 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, recording 5-28=33 points with a +27 rating and 120 penalty minutes (PIM). Despres has also played six Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Penguins, going scoreless with a +2 rating and two PIM.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (30th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Despres scored 2-15=17 points with a +9 rating and 64 PIM in 59 games this season. Despres led Pittsburgh defensemen in hits (184), ranks second in scoring, assists and PIM, and third in shots on net (76) and blocked shots (85). A native of Laval, Quebec, Despres won silver with Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship and the 2010-11 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Championship and Memorial Cup with Saint John.

Lovejoy, 31 (2/20/84), collected 1-10=11 points with a +3 rating and 17 PIM in 40 games with the Ducks this season. Lovejoy ranked second among Anaheim defensemen in hits (99) and fourth in blocked shots (73). Acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 6, 2013, Lovejoy earned 6-33=39 points with a +30 rating and 85 PIM in 150 career games with the Ducks.

A native of Enfield, NH, Lovejoy has 10-54=64 points with a +50 rating and 148 PIM in 248 career NHL games with Anaheim and Pittsburgh. Lovejoy has also appeared in 29 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks and Penguins, picking up 2-4=6 points with a +3 rating and 12 PIM.

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