Prospect evaluation: Simmonds

Wayne Simmonds
DOB – 8-26-88
Owen Sound (OHL)
– Regular season: 17 goals, 22 assists (39 points), 43 PIM
Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
– Reg season: 16 goals, 20 assists (36 points), 68 PIM
– Post season: 5 goals, 9 assists (14 points), 32 PIM

Reporter Ben Leeson from The Sault Star on Simmonds:

“Simmonds is a tough player to contain because of his speed, strength and reach. He seems to maximize all three when he gets a little fierce and battles hard to get into scoring position and pursue rebounds. His wrist shot is hard and accurate and he uses it well even when driving off the wing under pressure from defenders. He’s strong on the puck and smart away from it. He excels when he has a centre who knows how to find him. His conditioning is superb. He never seems to tire much.”
“Wayne has an NHL frame, but at 175 pounds he could stand to pack on weight if he wants to make the most of it. Sometimes he needs to just let a shot go instead of looking for the nice play. He should be ready for the pro game next year. If he develops at the same rate he has been, I could see him becoming a 20- or 25-goal man at the NHL level.”

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  • Irish Pat

    Nice video.

    During the fight it looked as if Simmonds actually picks up the other player to keep him from falling just so he can land a few more blows.

    Good stuff Rich. Thanks.

  • Jim

    The team could definitely use his grit and toughness next year. I hope he really impresses in camp and earns a spot on the 3rd line

  • Anonymous

    Lets hope he does not become a problamatic team mate like Avery. But His skill and grit look impresive. He could become a solid third liner.

  • Anonymous

    Enjoy his love for the game, like to see throw some lefts, it should help him the pro game