Dominik Simon

Hometown:

Praha Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-08-08

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (137th overall), 2015

Weight:

176 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Dominik Simon appeared in four games with the HC Sparta Prague U18 team as a 15-year-old and had 47 points in 33 games for the club’s U16 team. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with no penalties skating for the Sparta U18 team. Simon scored 25 goals with 22 assists and was +30 with 16 penalty minutes in U16 play.

2010-11: Simon played for the HC Sparta Prague U18 team and skated for the Czech Republic U17 squad in the Europe Youth Olympic Festival. He scored 24 goals with 16 assists and was +24 with 10 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games. Sparta had the A Division’s top record but was upset in the playoff quarterfinals. Simon scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. In three games at the Youth Olympic Festival he had 1 assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Simon split the season between the Sparta Praha U20 and U18 teams. He played for the Czech U19 team in the 2011 World Junior A Classic and for the U18 team at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and 2012 World Junior Championship. Simon scored 11 goals with 10 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes in 34 games for Sparta’s U20 team. The squad finished third and reached the playoff semifinals. Simon did not play in any playoff games. He scored 17 goals with 13 assists and was +19 with 12 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games for the Sparta U18 team and scored 3 goals with 5 assists, finishing +7 with 4 penalty minutes, in seven playoff games. Simon had 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes for the Czech U19 team at the WJAC. He was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. Simon scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in six games at the WJC. As the host team the Czech Republic finished eighth, ending up in the relegation round.

2012-13: Simon competed in the Czech Extraliga — splitting the season between Sparta Prague and playing on loan to second division club HC Litomerice — and skated for the Sparta Prague U20 team during its playoff run. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with no penalties in 18 games for the Sparta men’s team. Simon scored 9 goals with 10 assists and was +11 with 24 penalty minutes in 25 games for HC Litomerice. In 11 regular season games with the Sparta Prague U20 team he scored 9 goals with 8 assists and was +6 with 2 penalty minutes. Simon scored 7 goals and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He was selected by Rimouski in the first round (48th overall) in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.

2013-14: Simon skated in 46 regular season games and 10 playoff contests for Sparta Prague and was an assistant captain for the Czech U20 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 7 goals with 4 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes during the regular season. Sparta finished first in the regular season and reached the playoff semifinals. Simon scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes in the playoffs. Simon scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had an even plus minus for the Czech Republic at the WJC. The Czech Republic finished sixth, falling 5-3 to Finland in the quarterfinals. Simon signed to play for HC Plzen in 2014-15 in May 2014.

2014-15: Simon was HC Plzen’s third-leading scorer in his second full Extraliga season and played for the Czech Republic’s men’s team in the Europe Hockey Trophy tournament and the 2015 World Championship. He scored 18 goals with 12 assists in 52 regular season games and had an even plus/minus with 20 penalty minutes, averaging 17 minutes of ice time. HC Plzen finished seventh, falling in a preliminary playoff series. Simon scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Playing in 10 games during the Europe Hockey Trophy tournament he scored 2 goals and was +3. He scored 1 goals with 5 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes in 10 games at the World Championship. The host team, the Czech Republic finished fourth, falling to the USA 3-0 in the bronze medal game. In his fourth year of draft eligibility, Simon was selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Penguins in July 2015. 

 

 

Talent Analysis

Simon was one of the oldest players selected in the 2015 NHL Draft and signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Penguins in July. He is an undersized, but crafty offensive forward with a willingness to go to hard areas to score goals. He is a work in progress in the other areas of the game such as positional play and defending and continues to work to adapt to the smaller ice surfaces in North America.

Future

Simon appeared in three NHL games with Pittsburgh in March 2016, spending most of the 2015-16 season with the Penguins' minor league affiliate. Drafted as a 21-year-old, Simon is more advanced than most draft picks and has some nice offensive tricks. He continues to work on the supplementary areas of his game and has the potential to develop into a two-way depth forward.

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