Simila played just 17 games with Karpat’s A junior in 2008-09 and his selection in the 2009 draft was a bit of a surprise on both sides of the Atlantic. The Montreal Canadiens traded a 2010 draft pick to be able to select Simila with the final pick of the draft – with the belief that, like former Espoo Blues goalie Mikko Koskinen, Simila would be a high pick in the next draft if they didn’t select him.
2009-10: Drafted and signed by the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL, the plan was that Simila would thrive at a higher level of play. Instead, in 11 games with the Ice Dogs he posted a GAA of 4.14 and saw his role diminished as 2010 draft-eligible Mark Visentin took over the starting job. After a mid-season trade to Barrie, he instead returned to Finland, signing a two-year contract with KalPa.
Talent AnalysisSimila (6’5") fills much of the net and tries to use that size to his advantage. Simila is still a work in progress.
Now starting for KalPa’s A junior team, and with the chance to play regularly, the early results have been promising. The next challenge will be to make the transition to the SM-Liiga next season – with a possible return to North America further in the future.