Stad: I would totally give up Niskanen, too. I just think a guy with the higher ceiling like Despres would be more valuable to another team.
Originally Posted by William Murderface
Is Despres good?
Despres looked like he was the next big thing on the Pens blueline. They had him penciled in to be Letang's partner but he has struggled the past couple years. It's obvious that Bylsma doesn't trust him and would rather play guys like Engelland. I think they really messed with his confidence in Pittsburgh.
That being said, he's shown good offensive abilities when given the chance. He's not a power play quarterback but has the potential to be a top pair guy. Despres isn't a thumper but plays sound positionally and has long reach.
I would like to see him as a Penguin some day but with all the D prospects and younger players the team has, trading someone from a goalie is something I could live with. Despres does not seem to be a favorite of Bylsma but a fresh start could really help him out.