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Simon Despres may benefit from a change of scenery and would be a solid addition in Edmonton.
Simon Despres seems to be the odd D-man out in Pittsburgh, and having been sent down to the AHL already this season, he could be a perfect last-minute target for the Oilers to attempt to acquire.
At 22 years of age, Despres has barely scratched the surface of his potential and would provide the Oilers a perfect blend of size and skill as a third-pairing defenseman.
At 6’4” and 225 pounds, Despres has the size that the Oilers covet, though he often doesn’t play the game with the brand of physicality that the Oilers currently lack.
However, his offensive upside provides an interesting aspect to his game. If the Oilers can acquire Despres, sign him to a decent contract and he in turn reaches his full potential, they the team will be able look back a couple of seasons down the road and know that it found a diamond in the rough.