Kent Simpson
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Kent Simpson

Hometown:

Edmonton Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-03-26

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Chicago Blackhawks, 2014

Weight:

182 lbs.

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History

2006-07: Kent Simpson was drafted in the first round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft by the Everett Silvertips.

2007-08: Played in 1 game for the Silvertips, in a relief appearance.

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Simpson played in 27 games for the Silvertips, going 8-11-3-1.  He posted a 3.85 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage.

2009-10: In 34 games for the Silvertips, Simpson posted a 22-9-1-0 record.  He finished with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.  In 5 playoff games for the Silvertips, Simpson had a 2.62 goals-agsint average and a .908 save percentage.  Simpson played for Team Canada at the Under-18 World Junior Championships.

2010-11: Simpson carried the load in Everett with 53 appearances. The netminder earned a 21-20-5-4 record for the ‘Tips. He tied for third in the WHL with a .916 save percentage and tied for seventh with a 2.78 goals against average. An injury prevented Simpson from matching up against the Portland Winterhawks and fellow Chicago goalie prospect Mac Carruth in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Without their primary netminder, Everett was swept by the talented Portland team.

2011-12: Simpson made his pro debut with AHL Rockford in April following a WHL season in which he was a workhorse for the Everett Silvertips. Simpson allowed three goals in an overtime loss to Charlotte in his only game with the IceHogs. He played in 60 of 72 games for Rockford during the regular season and was 20-38, with seven losses coming in overtime. He had 2 shutouts with a 3.33 goals against and .909 save percentage. Everett finished fourth in the American Division, edging out Seattle for the final playoff spot. Simpson started all four playoff games as the Silvertips were swept by Tri-City and he had a 4.00 goals against and .883 save percentage. He was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Chicago in May 2012.

2012-13: Simpson appeared in two games for Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford in his first pro season — spending most of the year in the ECHL with the Toledo Walleyes. Simpson was 1-1 with the IceHogs, stopping 61 of 66 shots for a 3.07 goals against and .924 save percentage. Simpson split the goaltending duties with Toledo with former Notre Dame goalie Jordan Pearce. In 41 games he was 20-14-5 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.36 goals against and .912 save percentage. He played three games in the six-game playoff series with Cincinnati and was 0-3 with a 3.42 goals against and .884 save percentage.

 2013-14: Simpson made his NHL debut in his second pro season — playing the third period of a December game in relief of Antti Raanta — and split the goaltending duties for Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate Rockford with veteran Jason Labarbera. Simpson, after allowing a goal on the first shot he faced just 28 seconds into his only NHL appearance, stopped 5 of 7 shots in a 7-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. In 31 AHL games with the IceHogs he was 11-14-1 and had a 3.64 goals against and .891 save percentage. Rockford missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

2014-15: Simpson appeared in four games with Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport after being acquired from Chicago in October 2014 as part of the Nick Leddy trade; spending most of the season in the ECHL. He was 1-3 with the Sound Tigers with a 2.61 goals against and .900 save percentage. Simpson ws 7-17-1 with a 2.25 goals against and .899 save percentage for the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder. The Thunder finished last in the Pacific Division. Simpson played three games with the third-place Colorado Eagles and was 1-2 with a 3.71 goals against and .904 save percentage. He signed an AHL contract with Calgary’s new affiliate the Stockton Heat in July 2015.

Talent Analysis

Simpson's size allows him to take up a lot of the net. He is technically sound and controls his movements well, making  it difficult for shooters to beat him straight up.

Future

Simpson was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Islanders and signed an AHL contract with Calgary affiliate Stockton in July 2015. His physical attributes and technical ability suggest that Simpson can possibly be an NHL backup at some point. He is equally likely to peak as a solid minor league goalie and/or effective starter in a European league.

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