2008-09: Dillon Simpson played in one regular season and one playoff game for the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints, failing to register a point in either contest.
2009-10: Simpson played a full season for the Saints, posting an impressive 12 goals and 29 assists in 58 games for the AJHL team. He went on to add 6 assists in 16 postseason games.
2010-11: Simpson appeared in 30 games as a 17-year-old freshman for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in the NCAA. He notched 2 goals and 8 assists on the season.
2011-12: Simpson skated in 42 games for North Dakota as a sophomore. His 16 assists were second most amongst defensemen for the Fighting Sioux (two behind Ottawa prospect Ben Blood) and he was plus-nine with 2 goals and 8 penalty minutes. North Dakota was one of the best teams in the country late in the year – winning 14 of its last 18 games including all five games in the WCHA tournament and an NCAA West Regional semifinal game against Western Michigan.
His hockey sense and instincts are among his greatest attributes. He thinks the game well and plays a smart, economical style. He is somewhat undersized for a defenseman and needs to be more consistent in his skating ability.
Simpson is a project in the purest sense. It's unlikely he leaves school early, barring an incredible jump in production, so it won't be clear where he fits for a couple years.