The Penguins have recalled Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
After playing 33 games with the Penguins last season, Despres has not appeared in a game with them this season. In 17 games games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he has three goals and 11 points. Paul Martin landed on IR today, so Despres could be in the lineup tonight. Head coach Dan Bylsma will have to decide between Despres or Robert Bortuzzo.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Despres, 21, has appeared in 24 regular-season games this season for Pittsburgh, notching two goals, five assists and seven points while posting a plus-10 rating that places second among NHL rookies. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Despres has collected assists in each of his last two games with Pittsburgh. Despres has also been a plus or even player in 20 of his last 21 games (+14 during stretch).
Bylsma might have tipped his hand. Said Despres could play on second PP in place of Niskanen. #Penguins
With the injury to Matt Niskanen the Penguins are going to need to make changes, if it is Despres who replaced him on the PP it will increase his fantasy value. However he will need to find some consistency if he ever wants to be a reliable fantasy option.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated defenseman Simon Despres from injured reserve and re-assigned him to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Despres scored a goal and four points over 13 games.