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Blessed with size, skill and mobility, Simon Despres should have become a fixture at the NHL level by now. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened.
Drafted in the first round of the 2009 NHL entry draft, Despres seemed to be a great fit for an organization that prizes offensively capable defensemen.
However, Despres has not been able to stay off the bench or out of the minors and, despite a strong showing in his first action of the season, has struggled as of late, has no points and is a minus-four in his last five games.
Because of his struggles, Despres hasn't seen action at the NHL level since January 7 and seems to have fallen behind fellow blue-line prospects Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington and Philip Samuelsson and will be waiver-eligible next season.
With needs to be addressed on the offensive side, the Pens may decide Despres is more valuable in a trade than on the ice and look to move him at the deadline.