Simon Holmström

New York Islanders
Photo courtesy of SHL.se

Fantasy Summary

Very talented player with upside to become a productive top-six winger. Capable of making plays and finishing them. Great skater. Injuries have been a major concern for him during crucial development years.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country SWE
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 24, 2001
Height 6‘1”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 23

Observations

May 2020 – Holmström’s unimpressive stats as a rookie AHLer do not reflect well on where the NYIs drafted him (23rd overall), but they’re not surprising. Making the cross-Atlantic jump at 18 to face North American pros for the first time is daunting for all but the most mature and dazzling Europeans. You wouldn’t know from eight goals and 15 AHL points in 46 games that the Swede is a good skater and stickhandler with impressive character and high compete level who plays a strong tw0-way game. He’ll need all those attributes whenever the AHL resumes play. Mark Allan

February 2020 – Considering he’s still 18, playing against men and making his North American début, it’s not surprising the skilled Swede has begun slowly in the AHL. After 41 outings for Bridgeport, the 6-1, 183-pound RW has eight goals but just four assists. Expectations should be tempered during the rest of his rookie pro schedule because he played only once in the Swedish Hockey League in his draft year due to off-season hip surgery, a broken thumb and a concussion. The Isles looked past that to see his good skating, crafty mitts and strong positional play. They’ll give Holmström every chance to succeed, although it could take awhile. Mark Allan

June 2019 – Holmström has been drafted 23rd overall by the Islanders.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2019 – Holmström was officially measured at 6-foot-0.75 and 193 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2019 – A year ago, Holmström was seen as a high first-rounder after a great season in the SuperElit as a 16-year-old. But this season has been very difficult for him because he’s had multiple injuries and hasn’t been able to play much because of them. He had a hip surgery in the summer leading up to his draft season, broke his thumb in the first half of the season, and then suffered a concussion in the second half. It’s very unfortunate he’s missed so much time due to injuries during these crucial development years. Holmström is an excellent playmaker from the wing. He has very good vision, and he can make crisp passes. He also has a great shot which makes him a dual-threat. He’s a very talented skater who combines speed with agility. Holmström could be a faller in the NHL Entry Draft because of the injury concerns. But if he’s still available in the second round, his upside is definitely worth a selection there.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Tranås AIF U16 U16 Div.1 17 6 14 20 2 |          
 2015-2016 Småland TV-Pucken 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  HV71 U16 2 U16 Div.1 4 1 1 2 0 |          
  HV71 U16 U16 Elit 5 2 3 5 2 | Playoffs QC 5 5 2 7
  HV71 U16 U16 SM 7 2 1 3 2 |          
 2016-2017 Småland TV-Pucken 6 5 8 13 0 |          
  HV71 U16 2 U16 Div.1 2 2 4 6 0 |          
  HV71 U16 U16 Elit 13 14 16 30 16 | Playoffs QC 3 1 4 5
  HV71 U16 U16 SM 3 3 3 6 0 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Elit 13 2 2 4 25 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 13 2 7 9 2 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 9 0 1 1 6 |          
 2017-2018 HV71 J18 J18 Elit 7 1 7 8 2 |          
  HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 3 2 1 3
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 28 11 19 30 6 | Playoffs 6 1 7 8
  HV71 SHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 8 1 3 4 2 |          
 2018-2019 HV71 J18 J18 Allsvenskan 3 1 3 4 0 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
  HV71 J20 SuperElit 21 7 13 20 10 | Playoffs 3 1 2 3
  HV71 SHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 3 3 6 0 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 10 4 4 8 0 |          
 2019-2020 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 46 8 7 15 6 |          

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