Also expected to make his Ducks debut is left wing
The other three new acquisitions won’t play Tuesday. Defenseman
Wisniewski will wear number 20 and Holzer will wear number 5 when they get into the lineup. Wisniewski had a slight bone bruise but that wasn't expected to sideline him long-term. To have a spare player available on Tuesday, the Ducks recalled forward Chris Wagner from Norfolk.
Despres, who led the
"I was out shopping for some furniture with my girlfriend and my phone blew up," he said. "I had mixed emotions at the start, but now I'm definitely excited about the new opportunity and to play with a great team like the Anaheim Ducks."
Despres, 23, had two goals and 17 points, 64 penalty minutes and a plus-9 defensive rating with Pittsburgh. He averaged 16 minutes and 22 seconds' ice time per game.
"I think I'm a two-way defenseman. I could do a lot of things on the ice," he said. "I could defend against top forwards, I could be very physical, I can move the puck well and I can skate, and I'm going to try and bring that to the team."
Being physical is one of his focuses, he said, and a reason the Ducks liked the 6-foot-4, 214-pound native of Laval, Canada.
"I try to target top guys on the other team and make it hard to play against, make sure they have a tough night," he said.
"I didn't realize his numbers are what they were. But that's great," Boudreau said. "He's a big, strong kid and I know he plays with an edge. I watched the Columbus game the other day and Sidney got hit and he went right after the guy. That's good. We need that ilk of a player because I think a lot of our goals are scored right in front of our net. The bigger we can be to knock guys out of the front of the net, the better it is."