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Penguins Recall Defensemen Simon Despres and Brian Strait from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defensemen Simon Despres and Brian Strait from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4

SOG: 21 | +/-: 5
general manager Ray Shero.
Despres, 20, has played in 16 NHL games this season for Pittsburgh, tallying four points (1G-3A) and a plus-5 rating while averaging 14:33 minutes per game. Despres has finished with a plus or even rating in 13 of his 16 games.
The 6-foot-4, 229-pound native of Laval, Quebec has also appeared in 37 games this season for WBS, scoring four goals, eight assists and 12 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.
Brian Strait
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 0
SOG: 2 | +/-: 1
Strait, 24, has appeared in four games this season with Pittsburgh, going scoreless with a plus-1 rating while averaging 11:55 minutes. In his most recent NHL game vs. Florida on March 9, Strait logged a career-high 16:38 minutes. Strait has appeared in seven career NHL games with Pittsburgh over the previous two seasons, posting an even rating.
A native of Boston, Mass., the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Strait has played in 40 AHL games this season for WBS, posting 16 points (4G-12A) and a plus-6 rating. Strait has appeared in 193 career regular-season games for WBS, notching eight goals, 32 assists, 40 points and a plus-50 rating. He has five points (1G-4A) in 16 career postseason games.
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