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Fantasy Summary

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CZE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 20, 1992
Height 5‘11”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 HC Benatky nad Jizerou U18Czech U18 229 0 44 26|        
 2008-2009 HC Benatky nad Jizerou U18Czech U18 230 0 1313 72|Playoffs QC4 0 11
  HC Benatky nad Jizerou U20Czech U20 32 0 11 0|        
 2009-2010 HC Benatky nad Jizerou U18Czech U18 25 0 22 0|        
  HC Benatky nad Jizerou U20Czech U20 23 1 01 2|        
  Bili Tygri Liberec U18Czech U1810 1 23 6|        
  Bili Tygri Liberec U20Czech U2019 4 48 8|        
 2010-2011 Bili Tygri Liberec U20Czech U2036 1 910 16|        
 2011-2012 Bili Tygri Liberec U20Czech U2032 6 410 14|        
  HC Benatky nad JizerouCzech29 0 00 8|Playoffs7 0 00
 2012-2013 Bili Tygri LiberecCzech7 0 00 2|Relegation6 0 00
  Bili Tygri LiberecCzech Q- - -- -|Qualification9 0 11
  HC Benatky nad JizerouCzech237 0 55 41|        
 2013-2014 Bili Tygri LiberecCzech24 0 00 4|        
  HC Benatky nad JizerouCzech219 1 12 20|Playoffs2 0 00
  Bili Tygri LiberecET1 0 00 0|        
 2014-2015 Bili Tygri LiberecCzech47 10 1323 24|Relegation4 2 35
  Bili Tygri LiberecChampions HL4 0 00 0|        
  HC Benatky nad JizerouCzech22 1 01 0|        
 2015-2016 Bili Tygri LiberecCzech51 9 1221 28|Playoffs14 3 710
  Bili Tygri LiberecChampions HL8 0 44 6|        
  Czech RepublicEHT8 1 23 0|        
  Czech RepublicWC8 1 01 4|        
  Czech Republic (all)International16 2 24 4|        
 2016-2017 Bili Tygri LiberecCzech42 11 1324 30|Playoffs16 2 68
  Bili Tygri LiberecChampions HL8 1 45 6|        
  Czech RepublicEHT6 2 02 2|        
  Czech RepublicWC8 1 12 0|        
  Czech Republic (all)International14 3 14 2|        
 2017-2018 San Jose BarracudaAHL67 7 2027 20|Playoffs4 0 00
 2018-2019 San Jose SharksNHL41 1 89 8|        
 2019-2020 San Jose SharksNHL48 2 79 14|        
  San Jose BarracudaAHL2 0 22 0|        
 2020-2021 San Jose SharksNHL- - -- -|        

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