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Penguins prospect Despres selected to play for Canada in junior championships

Nineteen-year-old defenseman Simon Despres, the Penguins first-round draft pick in 2009, will be one of 22 players representing Canada in the World Junior Championships.

Penguins prospect Simon Despres was one of 22 players selected to play for Team Canada in the upcoming 2011 World Junior Championships to be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 19-year-old defenseman was originally drafted by the Penguins in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (30th overall).

Despres, who is currently playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), has 26 points (9G-17A) and a plus-19 rating through 22 games. He was one of the Penguins’ final roster cuts during the 2010 training camp.

In 2009-10, Despres set career highs in goals (9), assists (38), points (47) and plus-minus (+26) in 63 games with the Sea Dogs. He added 19 points (2G-17A) in 21 playoff games.

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