Juraj Simek

Juraj Simek


Presov Slovakia

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Trade with Vancouver, 2008


195 lbs.

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2003-04: The Slovakian-born Simek played his first full season with Kloten’s U-20 team in Switzerland after playing with the club in two games in 2002-03. He scored 8 goals with 6 assists and had 28 PIM.

2004-05: Simek made his pro debut by appearing in 18 games with Kloten in the Swiss A league. He spent the majority of the season with Kloten’s U-20 team, where he scored 17 goals with 13 assists and 62 PIM in 39 games. Simek played for Switzerland at the WJC U-18 tournament and scored 2 goals with 2 PIM in five games.

2005-06: Simek got his first professional point, an assist, during his eight-game stint with Kloten in the A league. He also played three games on loan with Biel in the Swiss B league but it was his domination of the Swiss junior league that was most impressive. Simek scored 24 goals with 44 assists despite receiving a whopping 202 PIM in 45 games. He represented Switzerland at the WJC U-20 tournament and scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -1 with 6 PIM for the seventh-place Swiss team. Simek was selected in the first round (23rd overall) of the CHL import draft by Brandon of the WHL and by Vancouver in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2006 NHL draft.

2006-07: Simek joined the Brandon Wheat Kings and immediately made an impact. Simek scored 28 goals with 29 assists and was +1 with 41 PIM in 58 games as Brandon finished first in the Eastern division. He scored 17 of his 28 goals on the power play. Simek scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +1 with 6 PIM in nine playoff games. Playing for Switzerland at the WJC U-20 tournament, he scored 4 goals with 1 assist and 2 PIM in six games.

2007-08: Simek made the jump to pro hockey with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate Manitoba and had a difficult time establishing himself in a talented Moose lineup. Simek scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was -4 with 30 PIM in 66 AHL games for the third-place Moose. He appeared in one playoff game for the Moose, scoring a goal and finishing +1.

2008-2009: Simek was traded to Tampa Bay along with Lukas Krajicek for Shane O’Brien and Michel Ouellet prior to the opening of the season. Simek spent the season with the Lightning’s affiliate Norfolk. Simek missed ten games in the middle of the season due to injury and had just one assist in limited ice time in his first 15 games back before scoring a goal with an assist in a 3-1 win over Bridgeport on March 3. In 63 games with the Admirals, he scored 9 goals with 13 assists and was -6 with 49 PIM. He scored three power play goals.

2009-10: Simek spent his third pro season back with Norfolk and was tied for third in goals on a team that had trouble scoring and missed the playoffs. Simek’s 21 goals, seven of which were scored on the power play, tied him with veteran Brandon Bochenksi behind Ryan Craig (23) and showed glimpses of the scorer he was expected to be. Simek also had 15 assists and was -4 with 31 PIM in 75 games for the Admirals. Simek was tendered a qualifying offer by the Lightning in June. He signed a try-out agreement with Dynamo Riga of the KHL in July but was released.

2010-11: Simek began the season with Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Norfolk before being sent to the Bruins organization in a trade for center Levi Nelson in early December. He appeared in 11 games for the Providence Bruins before being released at the end of January. He finished the season with Servette Geneve in Switzerland. Simek scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +4 in 21 games with Norfolk prior to the trade and was scoreless and -6 in 11 games with Providence before being released. He appeared in two regular season games and five playoff contests for Servette, scoring one goal.

Talent Analysis

Simek dazzled with his puck-handling and one-on-one skills as a junior but hasn't been able to translate that into consistent production at the pro level. While some of his lack of success can be attributed to circumstances - injuries, a lack of opportunity in a deep talent pool of forward prospects with the Canucks and the absence of highly-skilled linemates with Norfolk - Simek has yet to establish himself as a consistent scorer. Simek is a good skater who is strong on his skates and difficult to move off the puck. He uses his stickhandling skills and strength to keep control of the puck in tight situations or in the corners. At the same time, he can sometimes be too reliant on his own skills and doesn't distribute the puck at times. Like most gifted offensive players, his defensive awareness is an area that is sometimes lacking.


Simek has returned to Europe after a short stint with the Providence Bruins.