The Ducks have signed defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year contract extension through the 2020-21 NHL season.
Despres, 24 (7/27/91), has scored 6-33=39 points with a +29 rating and 142 penalty minutes (PIM) in 160 career NHL games with the Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins. Despres, who was acquired from the Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Mar. 2, 2015, has also earned 1-6=7 points with eight PIM in 22 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (30th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Despres combined for 3-20=23 points with a +11 rating and 86 PIM in 75 games with the Ducks and Penguins last season. The 6-4, 218-pound defenseman set career highs in all major offensive categories, including goals, assists, points, plus/minus and games played. Following his Mar. 2 acquisition, Despres collected 1-5=6 points with a +2 rating and 22 PIM in Anaheim’s final 16 regular season games. He made his third career appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015, earning 1-6=7 points with a +4 rating and six PIM in 16 games. Despres ranked tied for third among NHL defensemen in postseason takeaways (11) and second among team blueliners in hits (43) and third in blocked shots (30).
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