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Insider Only Bylsma on Despres: “He’s made it real tough”

Bylsma on Despres
2009 1st round pick Simon Despres will appear in his third preseason game tonight and is expected to see top-4 minutes against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Despres who remains surprisingly in the mix, will be paired with Kris Letang.
Head coach Dan Bylsma said today that Despres has made it extremely difficult on the Penguins decision makers.

“He’s made it real tough, ” Bylsma said. “He had a great camp last year, expectations weren’t super high, didn’t think that we keep the kid last year and he played three exhibition games more than we intended to give him.”
“He’s going to get another opportunity tonight, Bylsma said. “Great tough decision to have. First round pick that’s really showing I think he’s very capable…… Is he ready as a 20 year old {Despres is 19 yrs old}, how long he can play and we’ll see tonight, and possibly might even see that at the beginning of the season, depending on decision we make.”

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