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

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (58th overall), 2010

Weight:

182 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

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.

 

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

Although his AHL time was limited in 2012-13, Kent Simpson put together a strong rookie season in the ECHL, which is generally not a league that is kind to goalies. Finnish free agent signing Antti Raanta is expected to begin the season as Rockford's starter, so Kent Simpson and Mac Carruth will battle in training camp for the back-up job in Rockford. More time in the ECHL is not out of the question for Simpson, but seeing how the goalie plays against AHL competition will be the next test in his development.

 

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