Versatile defender, lacks the height of a typical NHL defenseman, but makes up for it in strength and sound positioning.
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February 2019 – Simek has found himself a home alongside Brent Burns on the Sharks top defense pair. He is now Burns’ most common partner at even strength this season. Normally I would recommend running out and grabbing any player that will spend significant time alongside a player like Burns, however I would temper expectations here. The Sharks like to pair Burns with a steady, stay at home type defenseman, since Burns plays more like a rover. This means Burns’ defense partners don’t always see the big bump in production you might expect. Simek has eight points through 26 games this season, roughly a 25 point pace over an 82 game season. It’s his first year in the league so you might see some improvement, but he’s already 26 years old so he’s in his prime years. Chris Legg
August 2018 – After bringing Simek over to North America on a one-year deal last season, the Sharks signed Simek to a two-year extension this past April. The Barracuda defender put up 27 points in 67 games, good for second in scoring from the club’s blue line. His 128 shots on goal led all Barracuda defenseman. While not tall at 5-11, Simek is built like a tank. He’s a sort of all-around defenseman that does everything well but doesn’t really excel in any area of the game. At 25 years old, Simek may be a career AHLer. If he does make the NHL, at this point it would be unreasonable to expect anything other than a depth role. Chris Legg
June 2017 – Signed as a free agent out of Extraliga, Simek is a departure from the now-annual San Jose pilgrimage to the SHL and SM-Liiga to round out the lineups of the Sharks and Barracuda. His time with Bili Tygri Liberec, included an Extraliga championship in 2016 en route to a playoff MVP award. He was the league’s top goal-scoring defender in two of the past three campaigns. Simek is not a big rearguard, but he is thick. On the ice, he looks like a keg on ice skates and in this summer’s prospect game, he had some flashes in all three zones. His English is a work in progress but he said through a translator at camp he was excited to try his hand at the North American style of game.
The Sharks signed Simek to a one-year, two-way deal, so the risk is nearly nil. However, with the reshuffling of the bottom three defenders with the Sharks this pre-season and the well-built 24-year-old could be in the mix for the seventh defender spot with a stellar camp. Zachary DeVine