First rounder pulls disrespectful move which leads to breakup with team

Come on kid, get your act together!

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As a first round pick in the National Hockey League entry draft, you may think you deserve more than ending up in the minors… 

However, NHL takes hard work and clearly, this kid was not willing to give his all. It therefore looks like general manager Marc Bergevin’s experiment with former first round draft pick Simon Despres is over. 

Despres, who was selected 30th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2009, was invited to the Habs’ training camp this past offseason, but evidently didn’t impress enough to crack the roster. Bergevin, however, did offer Despres an AHL contract with the Habs’ affiliate Laval Rocket, which he reportedly turned down.

However, before he turned down the offer, Dans Les Coulisses reports that Despres pulled quite a disrespectful move on the Habs and his agent. The French website reports that Despres left for Europe on vacation instead of sitting down with his agent and management to discuss the contract offer… 

The website adds that Despres did not reject the offer: instead the offer was gone once he returned for his little vacation. 

Despres last played in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks in 2017-18, playing just a game as he continued to suffer from post concussion syndrome. He played last season with the KHL’s Bratislava Slovan, scoring four goals and 11 points in 44 games. 

As TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reported, Despres has not yet decided what his next move will be.

But clearly, the kid needs to get his act together… 

He did spend some vacation time in Europe, perhaps he took a look at a few options there, many to make a return in the Kontinental Hockey League... It seems like it could be the only alternative available at the moment for the young blue liner... 

If this is indeed the end of the road for Despres, he’ll finish his career with just six goals and 43 points in 193 NHL games split between the Penguins and Ducks. He was bought out of his five year, $18.5 million contract by the Ducks in June 2017 just one year after inking him to the big money deal.