The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Simon Despres
from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 16 | +/-: 4
Despres, 20, has played in 14 NHL games this season for Pittsburgh, tallying four points (1G-3A) and a plus-4 rating while averaging 14:33 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-4, 229-pound native of Laval, Quebec has also appeared in 31 games this season for WBS, scoring four goals, five assists and nine points. Despres was voted as a starter for the AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. in January, but he had to miss the game due to injury.
Pittsburgh’s first-round draft pick (30th overall) in 2009, Despres completed a stellar four-year career with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2010-11 by helping to lead the Sea Dogs to both the QMJHL and Memorial Cup championships. Despres also captured the Emile “Butch” Bouchard Award as the Best Defenseman in the QMJHL.
Last season Despres was also a member of Team Canada’s silver-medal winning squad at the 2011 World Junior Championships, tallying three assists and a plus-7 rating in seven games.