#33 Simon Despres – 2009 NHL Entry Draft Rankings

Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.

“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:

33. Simon Despres – Laval, PQ – 6’4″ – 214 lbs – QMJHL – Saint John – D

One-Timer: Despres projects to be a shutdown blueliner at the next level. He can make a good break out pass out of his own zone and can play physical as well. The big d-man keeps things simple, but efficient. He registered 32 points in 66 games. Was once thought he might have a shot at cracking the Top 10, but will likely slip because of recent performance at WJC-U18s (see below).

Simon Despres
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Simon Despres is the team’s top trade candidate. (Icon SMI)

NHL Player(s) Comparison: M.E. Vlasic (but bigger)

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Scouting Combine Performance:

International Tournaments:

Despres had a poor showing at the recent WJC-U18 tournament displaying some poor decision-making skills on the ice, which is likely the reason why he drops down to late 1st round or early 2nd round.

ETA = 3 years

Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 3.5/5   Reward = 4/5

NHL Potential: 2nd or 3rd pairing defensive defenseman

Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 5.5/10   Defensive = 8/10

Other Rankings:

  • ISS: 30
  • CSB: 8-NA
  • TSN: 14
  • THN: 12

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