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Simon Després was a highly touted defenseman coming out of Major Junior. The Laval, Québec native was a first-round pick for the Pittsburg Penguins and is expected to have a bright NHL career. The 2014-2015 season saw the young prospect traded from Pittsburg to Anaheim. The trade allowed Després to take on a new role, and he slowly began establishing himself as a solid fulltime NHL defenseman in only his third season.