— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 18, 2014
Despres, 22, was a restricted free agent this offseason, and will now earn $900,000 per season.
Selected in the first-round (30th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Despres has been up-and-down from the NHL and AHL since. However, given Olli Maatta’s recovery from shoulder surgery and open slots due to defensemen departing, Despres could see a permanent role in the NHL this season.
Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted that Pens’ brass believes he’s ready for everyday NHL duties.
Despres, by all accounts, was tremendous in the AHL playoffs. Many in Pens organization believe he is ready to be every day NHL defenseman.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) July 18, 2014
Last season, Despres played in 34 games for the Penguins, and he dished out five assists. Despres suited up for 36 games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he registered 22 points (6G, 16A) with a team-leading plus-19 rating. He added nine points (2G, 7A) in 17 playoff contests for WBS.
In 85 career regular-season tilts for Pittsburgh, Despres has collected 16 points (3G, 13A) and skated to an overall plus-18 rating.
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