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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.


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May 2022 – Simontaival wrapped up his season for KalPa of the Liiga in Finland, where he netted seven goals and added seven assists, doubling his point total from his rookie season. Simontaival’s upside is superb when given the chance to play to his strengths in the offensive zone. He creates a lot of space when he has the puck and can quickly turn a harmless play into a high-danger opportunity almost immediately. Simontaival is known for his playmaking ability, but his quick release sets him apart from the competition. The unpredictable element in his game could land him an NHL job in the next few seasons. The 2020 third round selection by the Kings will likely need another year in Finland to continue his development and smoothen his play at both ends of the ice before making the jump to North America. Once he does, he will have a long list of prospects to hurdle over to make the big roster. A tall task, but not impossible for a player of his calibre. Once in the NHL, Simontaival projects as a middle-six winger with top-six scoring upside, but if he can find his stride quickly and establish himself, the sky’s the limit, and he could flirt with top line production. Sean Crocker