Despres signs entry-level deal with Penguins

Defensive prospect Simon Despres signed a three-year entry-level contract Wednesday with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Defensive prospect Simon Despres signed a three-year entry-level contract Wednesday with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despres, 18, attended NHL training camp before being returned to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He posted two goals and 30 assists for 32 points in 66 QMJHL games last season, his second with Saint John.

Despres also served as an alternative captain for Team Canada at the world under-18 championship.

He was drafted 30th overall by Pittsburgh on June 26.

With files from The Canadian Press