Pens' Jeffrey returns from IR; Despres goes on

The Pittsburgh Penguins activated forward Dustin Jeffrey from injured reserve on Wednesday and placed rookie defenseman Simon Despres on it.

Jeffrey has appeared in just six games this season while coming back from knee surgery last season. He did not record a point in those games, the last one being November 3 at San Jose.

Despres, 20, suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Tuesday's home game against Ottawa. He had been recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hours before the contest as a replacement for Paul Martin, who sat out with an illness.