The Pittsburgh Penguins
have signed their 2009 first-round draft pick Simon Despres
to a three-year entry level contract, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero
. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Despres, 18, will continue to play this season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The 6-4, 205-pound defenseman, who was selected by Pittsburgh with the 30th-overall pick in the June NHL Entry Draft, has three points (1G-2A) in five games with Saint John this season.
Despres posted 32 points (2G-30A) and a team-high plus-16 rating in 66 games with Saint John last season, adding four assists in four playoff games. He recorded 14 points (1G-13A) and a plus-18 rating in 64 games as a 16-year-old rookie after being selected first overall in the 2007 QMJHL Draft. Despres earned a selection to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team.
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