Kasper Simontaival

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of Liiga.fi

Fantasy Summary

Extremely talented offensive winger who has been dealing with lots of injuries. Top-line upside but there’s a lot of risk with him as well. More of a playmaker but also owns a great wrist shot. High-end vision and hockey sense. Great speed with the puck.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 11, 2002
Height 5‘9”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

July 2019 – Simontaival is one of the most talented offensive players in his draft class but he’s been dealing with a multitude of injuries over the past couple of years which has been affecting his consistency among other things. Simontaival has high-end vision and hockey sense which allow him to read and make plays at an elite level. He has great speed, and his hands are among the best in his draft class which allows him to make plays at top speed. He’s a great playmaker but also owns an excellent wrist shot which is both accurate and powerful. He isn’t afraid to battle for pucks despite his small frame (5-9, 179). Besides the injury concerns and size, the one negative part about his game is that he sometimes cheats for offense but hopefully that improves when he gets more pro experience.

Simontaival spent half a season in junior and half a season at the pro level. Most of his pro games were in Mestis which is the second-highest level but he also played a few games at the top level in the Liiga. Despite facing a couple of injuries throughout the season, his counting stats at all levels were excellent considering his age, and he has a history of producing big numbers at the junior level. Simontaival also played at the U18 Worlds as an underager. He was coming back from an injury which clearly affected his play early on as he didn’t go hard into situations like he usually does. But late in the tournament, he showed what kind of a talent he is and put up some points there as well. Simontaival is expected to spend his draft season at the pro level, either in the Liiga or in Mestis. He could also push for a spot on Finland’s roster at the World Juniors. He is currently projected to be a first round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft but a strong season could push him to top ten territory.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Finland Selects U13 WSI U13 9 10 7 17 10 |          
 2015-2016 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 1 0 1 0 |          
  Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 4 0 1 1 0 |          
  Finland Selects U14 WSI U14 9 12 5 17 2 |          
 2016-2017 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 22 42 20 62 20 |          
  Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 4 11 5 16 6 |          
  Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 11 2 5 7 2 |          
  Hockey Essentials Selects U15 WSI U15 5 3 1 4 0 |          
 2017-2018 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 28 17 20 37 18 | Playoffs 4 4 6 10
  Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 3 1 3 4 0 |          
 2018-2019 Tappara Champions HL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 27 9 18 27 10 |          
  Tappara Liiga 5 0 2 2 0 |          
  LeKi Mestis 21 5 9 14 0 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 5 1 3 4 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 24 8 19 27 6 |          
  Finland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 7 7 0 |          
 2019-2020 Tappara U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 24 11 14 25 16 |          
  Tappara Champions HL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr - - - - - |          
  Tappara Liiga 1 0 0 0 0 |          

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