Simon Despres

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Just Another Piece to the Puzzle

Anyone who is a Penguins fan can remember in 2009 when Rob Scuderi accidentally called himself the “piece” that the Penguins needed to win a Stanley Cup. Scuds, who would eventually be nicknamed the piece, became a crucial part to the Pittsburgh Penguins Cup Victory that summer. His save in the goal crease against Detroit still gives me chills. He wasn’t flashy or that great of a skater, nor was he going to knock you around. What Rob Scuderi did was provide the Penguins with a consistent, reliable, rock of a defenseman that could be trusted in any defensive situation.

Enter the 2013 season and examine the wildly inconsistent Pittsburgh Penguins. While holding ...

The Development of Despres

In 2009, after winning the Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins held the 30th pick in the NHL Draft. With said pick the Penguins selected Simon Despres, a big bodied defensive prospect from the QMJHL. Standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 215 pounds, Despres wowed scouts with his excellent skating prowess and his offensive upside. While still very raw in his game, it was clear that Despres possessed the skill set and size to become an all situation defensemen in the NHL.

After being invited to training camp with the Penguins in 2009 and 2010, Despres showed how much his game needed to evolve. He would be sent back to his junior club in both seasons to progress. In the two seasons...

Change Of Fortune

On Tuesday, January 29th, the Pittsburgh Penguins played host to the New York Islanders. With five minutes remaining in the second period, the Islanders John Tavares and Matt Moulson would both score, respectively, on consecutive power plays. At the end of the period the Pittsburgh Penguins players were booed off of the ice.  The real kicker, when the Penguins returned to the ice, the arena had been half full.

Just ten days ago the Penguins record would have indicated an average team considering they were only 3-3-0.  People questioned their toughness, their skill, and whether or not they could ever be considered a true Stanley Cup contender.  That was just six games ...

Prospect Week

As free agency continues, it's becoming clear that the Pittsburgh Penguins are not going to be signing any big-name free agents. 

The Penguins are going to be developing talent in their system. They're going to find opportunities and no longer search for answers.  This is prospect week for the  Penguins and 34 young guns are ready to showcase their skills in hopes of reaching the NHL.

This new set of prospects is once again something to behold.  Pittsburgh heads into the prospect camp a little short this season as Eric Tangradi wasn't invited.

Tangradi's omission may show that Pittsburgh is ready for him as a full-time player and no lo...