Dominik Simon

by Mark Allan on March 10, 2018


Dominik Simon, LW/C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 195

Born: 1994-08-08

Hometown:  Praha, CZE

Drafted: 5th round 2015 (137th overall)







March 2018 – Simon is listed as week to week with a lower-body injury suffered against the Flyers. Although his TOI has been managed carefully, the quick-thinking, silky-handed Czech has experienced a healthy dose of top-six duty in his rookie NHL campaign. That has resulted in four goals and eight assists in 31 games with Pittsburgh to go with 17 points in 21 AHL outings. The Pens are loaded up front but they hope to get the 23-year-old back in time for the playoffs as they gun for their third straight Cup. Mark Allan


February 2018 – With Derick Brassard soon joining the Pens, there’s no more room for the skilled Czech youngster on the top three lines, so he was returned to the AHL, where he will get regular top-six shifts and add to the 17 points he totaled in 21 earlier games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 23-year-old’s 28-game, 11-point NHL debut (much of it with Sidney Crosby) was priceless experience that he will build on when Pittsburgh again has need of his vision and slick puck skills. Mark Allan

January 2018 – The 2015 fifth-round draft pick is becoming one heck of a bargain, blossoming into an NHL sniper with Sidney Crosby and RW Conor Sheary. Taking the slot that was Jake Guentzel’s to start the campaign, the slick Czech used quick-release laser wrist shots to score twice from the high slot in a 6-3 victory over the visiting Wild. With three goals in his past two games and a three-game point streak, his confidence is blossoming. Coach Mike Sullivan is using him carefully, but imagine what Simon could do with more than 13:51 TOI and some power-play opportunities to add to his nine points in 16 NHL games this season. Mark Allan


December 2017 –December 2017 – In limited icetime, he’s got only two assists in four games with the big club, and missed a 4-2 loss Dec. 18 to Colorado due to illness, but the silky playmaker is getting a real eye-opener during his current NHL stint. He’s likely to return to the AHL this season to get more playing time, but Simon’s future is in the big time. Mark Allan


December 2017 – The slightly built (5-11, 175-pound) Prague native continues to percolate in his third AHL campaign, leading a balanced Wilkes-Barre/Scranton attack with 15 points after 17 games. Twelve assists foreshadow the future for the slick playmaker, whose sweet hands and hockey IQ are his biggest assets. Mark Allan


September 2017 – The slick puck-handler will begin his third campaign with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after he was among 21 players assigned to WBS. The mass demotions leave 26 players in training camp before final cuts. Mark Allan 


June 2017 – The young Czech took two opposite routes to produce comparable stats in his first two Wilkes-Barre-Scranton campaigns. After a hot start got him named to the AHL all-star game in his rookie season, he had a tough time in the first half as a sophomore pro. A strong second half left him with 15 goals and 46 points in 70 games. Although he had 10 fewer goals than as a rookie, his assists were up, his plus/minus increased six notches to plus-10 and he cut his PIMs in half. Simon’s slick hands and craftiness counterbalance mediocre feet. Having two good halves in 2017-18 would put him in a good bargaining position when his ELC expires at the end of the coming season. Mark Allan

April 2017 – Amid a daunting list of Pittsburgh injuries, Simon made his NHL debut as the regular season wound down, getting an assist in two games before being returned to the AHL. His fourth-line icetime with Kevin Porter and Jean-Sebastien Dea was limited but any big-league icetime is thrilling after a disappointing AHL sophomore campaign. Expect the crafty puckhandler to rebound by next season. Mark Allan

January 2017 – The small-bodied Czech has taken a step back in his sophomore AHL campaign after a strong first half last season got him into the all-star game. With only 18 points in 33 games, he's visibly behind the pace of his 48-point rookie output. Simon is smart with great hands and he should rebound from his sophomore slide, although he could add to his 176 pounds. Mark Allan

September 2016 – Of the 17 players Pittsburgh demoted Oct. 3 to the AHL, Simon has perhaps the best chance of getting invited back up and staying at some point. A fifth-round steal, the young Czech overcomes ordinary skating with smarts and great hands. A surprise AHL all-star last season, he should build on the hot start he had in his first North American season. Mark Allan

June 2016 – Although he tailed off in the second half of his first long North American season, the overachieving Czech had a solid AHL campaign, especially in a strong first half that got him named to the league's all-star game. A 25-goal, 48-point rookie pro season is a great place to start the next phase of his hockey career. The adept playmaker even got his first NHL point during a three-game callup. That said, he should add some muscle in the off-season because 176-pounders face a stiff test in the NHL. Mark Allan

March 2016 – After a three-game NHL callup in which he had one assist, the talented if slender young Czech was sent back to the AHL. Scoring by the first-year pro has tailed off with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after a strong first half as the rigors (including increased travel) of a long North American season take a toll. The still-promising Simon has 18 goals and 20 assists in 56 AHL games. He debuted at No. 5 among Pittsburgh Prospects in the 2016 Future Watch. Mark Allan

January 2016 – Simon has been named to his first AHL all-star game. Mark Allan

January 2016 – In the absence of the promoted Conor Sheary, Simon seized the scoring lead for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with 29 points in 33 AHL games as well as being plus-12. He leads all AHL rookies in points and is tied for ninth overall in the league. The first-year North American pro is exceeding expectations and should have a bright NHL future if he keeps developing at this pace. Mark Allan

December 2015 – Simon is making whoever decided to keep him in North America look like a genius by scoring at a point-per-game clip, including 11 goals in 27 AHL games to lead a powerful Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squad in points. A plus-14 rating, 16 PIMs and a 20.8 shooting percentage are encouraging peripherals. Pittsburgh will likely leave the 21-year-old Czech native in the AHL this season, barring a brief eye-opening callup or two, to help him become even more acclimated to the North American game. At this rate, though, the fifth-rounder might not need as much AHL seasoning as first thought. Mark Allan

November 2015 – Instead of returning to the Czech Republic, the smallish forward is learning the North American game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, because he’s 21 and has two seasons of experience playing against men back home. Simon is thriving on a strong AHL squad. Although he somehow went pointless as the AHL Penguins overcame a 5-1 deficit in a 7-6 overtime win over Hartford for a franchise record 11th straight win, Simon is third in team scoring with 13 points in as many games. Ahead of the curve as a 15-year-old, he played four games with the HC Sparta Prague U-18 squad. Two seasons later, he split the season between the Sparta Praha U20 and U18 teams. His extensive international experience includes the World Junior A Classic, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the world junior championship in 2011-12. Even while competing with and against older players, he was an assistant captain for the Czech U-20 team at the 2014 world junior championship. Although he was drafted by Rimouski 48th overall in the 2013 CHL import draft, this is the first time he has played for a North American team. Simon has always beaten the odds by holding his own against older players. Monitor how he does in any NHL callup.  Mark Allan

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Simon’s smarts, puck-handling and power-play skill make him a top-six AHL forward. Time will tell whether he becomes an NHL skill player or if he’s forced to adapt to a two-way role.



Dominik Simon springs Tom Kunhackl for an AHL goal:


Here’s a compilation of Dominik Simon’s goals for HC Skoda Pilsen during the 2014-15 season:

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