Pens Top Prospect Honored

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- The top prospect in the Penguins organization received a huge award today.

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2009 first-round draft pick Simon Despres was awarded the Emile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy as best defenseman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Despres, who was also selected as a QMJHL First-Team All-Star, completed his fourth season of junior hockey with the Saint John Sea Dogs. The 19-year-old blueliner posted 13 goals, 41 points and a plus-29 rating in just 47 games this year.

Despres, the 30th-overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, also competed with Team Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. – posting three assists and a plus-7 in seven games to help Canada earn a silver medal.

In four seasons with the Sea Dogs, Despres (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) has totaled 25 goals, 109 assists, 134 points and a plus-89 in 240 games. He posted two goals and 19 points in 26 postseason games in 2009-10, leading Saint John to the QMJHL Final appearance.

  • Tim

    I watheced this dude in training camp and felt he was ready to play in the bigs – big things in future of this future stud – Tell Pompeani ha can have me on 3 years from now to say I told you so!!!

    also – same old bucs

    Tim from Upper St Clair

  • Tonsilitis

    Thanks Bob Pompeani for asking Ron Cook fifty ice hockey questions on the Sportscall. Everybody agrees Cook doesnt know much about anything, but Ron is especially inept in the ice hockey knowledge department. Now if you need your questions answered about tonsil hockey, Ron is your guy!

  • Skip Dwason

    Congrats Simon Despres …

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