Dominik Simon

Pittsburgh Penguins
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Fantasy Summary

A potential complementary player on a scoring line, which could mean big things when talking about Pittsburgh.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CZE
Position LW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 8, 1994
Height 5‘11”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 5; Overall: 137

Observations

May 2019 – After his most successful NHL campaign yet, albeit with modest production, the 24-year-old had a strong IIHF world championship in Slovakia. He helped the Czech Republic reach the bronze-medal game, a 3-2 shootout loss to Russia. The clever winger tied for the tournament’s eighth-most points with four goals and eight assists in 12 games. Those totals hint that he’s more comfortable on larger ice surfaces, but offer a glimpse into his offensive potential. If Simon played more minutes per game with meaningful time on the power play he would quietly be an asset to your fantasy squad. Mark Allan

April 2019 – The shifty 5-11 Czech got his weight up to 190, which helped him endure the rigors of his first campaign in which he didn’t play at all in the minors. In 71 NHL games, the 24-year-old had modest totals of eight goals and 20 assists. He compensates for unremarkable skating with intelligence, anticipation, versatility and silky hands. Simon played throughout Pittsburgh’s depth chart with a variety of linemates who included Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He got some second-unit power-play opportunities but Simon averaged just 12:33 of ice time. Until that number increases significantly, his fantasy value will be limited and his potential unfulfilled. Getting four more Stanley Cup playoff starts (one assist) has to help him in future seasons. Mark Allan

December 2018 – The 24-year-old returned after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. Previously playing with Sidney Crosby, the heads-up Czech found himself on a new line with Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist. Simon averaged only about 13 minutes per game in his first two games back, and he didn’t have a point in either. His fantasy value will remain negligible until he gets more playing time, particularly on the power play. Mark Allan

December 2018 – A week-to-week upper-body injury prevents the Czech from earning more icetime and upping his production. Although the 24-year-old has been playing primarily with Sidney Crosby, Simon is averaging a mere 12:23, including 45 seconds on the PP. That has suppressed his numbers to four goals and nine assists in 26 games, including a lone PP goal. A versatile, skilled and intelligent player, Simon nonetheless hadn’t scored in 11 outings before the injury and had registered only three assists, which means he’s not likely to be reunited with Crosby once he returns. Mark Allan

December 2018 – Simon continues to establish himself as a contributor, albeit slowly. Further demonstrating his versatility, the clever Czech has added RW to C and LW to his resumé. Even better, he’s playing on Crosby’s right opposite Jake Guentzel. After 24 games, Simon has modest totals of four goals and nine assists. Plus-3 puts him above all other Penguin forwards except his linemates. He would have more points with increased PP time. Mark Allan

October 2018 – The young Czech has just a goal and an assist in six outings, but they’re all NHL games. A center by trade, he’s settled into left wing deployment on the third line, usually with Derick Brassard and Patric Hornqvist. Although he has seven shots on goal, Simon is getting eight minutes of ice time if he’s lucky. He’s undoubtedly soaking up a lot by osmosis, but needs more minutes to be fantasy-relevant. Mark Allan

October 2018 – It appears Simon will start the season in the NHL, an important step in the young Czech’s development. In a practice just two days before the launch of the NHL schedule, the clever playmaking winger was on the third line with Derick Brassard and Bryan Rust, although Simon has previously played with Sidney Crosby. Mark Allan

June 2018 – The slender Czech took a big step forward, springboarding 17 points in 21 AHL games to 33 big-league games, more than six times his previous big-league outings. Although Simon didn’t get big minutes (averaging 11:23 TOI per regular-season appearance), he typically played with Sidney Crosby and often with Jake Guentzel. With limited PP icetime and nothing on the PK, that resulted in modest totals of four goals and eight assists. A skilled player who needs to play with skilled players, Simon also notched 37 hits and 18 blocks. He added three assists in eight playoff games. If Simon plays with more consistency, he should carve out more NHL playing time. If not, he might have to sniff more AHL bus fumes. He has top-six talent. Mark Allan

June 2018 – Simon is hinting at going to the KHL next season. He is a restricted free agent and will only stay if the Penguins give him a one-way contract. Stay tuned. Dobber

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 HC Sparta Praha U16 Czech U16 33 25 22 47 16 |          
  HC Sparta Praha U18 Czech U18 4 1 1 2 0 |          
 2010-2011 HC Sparta Praha U18 Czech U18 38 24 16 40 10 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 1 1 2 |          
  Czech Republic U17 EYOF 3 0 1 1 2 |          
 2011-2012 HC Sparta Praha U18 Czech U18 14 17 13 30 12 | Playoffs 7 3 5 8
  HC Sparta Praha U20 Czech U20 34 11 10 21 2 |          
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 6 4 4 8 4 |          
  Czech Republic U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Czech Republic U19 WJAC-19 4 0 2 2 4 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 27 12 10 22 12 |          
  Czech Republic U19 (all) International-Jr 4 0 2 2 4 |          
 2012-2013 HC Sparta Praha ET 6 1 2 3 0 |          
  HC Sparta Praha U20 Czech U20 11 9 8 17 2 | Playoffs 7 7 0 7
  HC Sparta Praha Czech 18 1 1 2 0 |          
  HC Stadion Litomerice Czech2 25 9 10 19 24 |          
  Czech Republic U19 (all) International-Jr 8 2 3 5 6 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 8 0 1 1 2 |          
 2013-2014 HC Sparta Praha ET 7 1 1 2 6 |          
  HC Sparta Praha Czech 46 7 4 11 4 | Playoffs 10 1 1 2
  HC Stadion Litomerice Czech2 3 0 1 1 12 |          
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 5 2 2 4 2 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 9 3 2 5 4 |          
 2014-2015 HC Plzen Czech 52 18 12 30 20 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3
  Czech Republic EHT 10 2 0 2 0 |          
  Czech Republic WC 10 1 5 6 2 |          
  Czech Republic (all) International 23 5 6 11 2 |          
 2015-2016 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 3 0 1 1 0 |          
  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 68 25 23 48 36 | Playoffs 7 1 1 2
 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 1 1 0 |          
  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 70 15 31 46 18 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3
 2017-2018 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 4 8 12 16 | Playoffs 8 0 3 3
  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 21 4 13 17 14 |          
 2018-2019 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 71 8 20 28 18 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
  Czech Republic WC 10 4 8 12 2 |          
  Czech Republic EHT 3 0 1 1 0 |          
  Czech Republic (all) International 13 4 9 13 2 |          
 2019-2020 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL - - - - - |          

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