Simon underwent shoulder surgery April 29 and is expected to miss 6-7 months.
Simon was labeled week-to-week back in March prior to the league going on hiatus but will now be unavailable should the regular season or playoffs restart. In fact, even if the NHL pushes back the start date of the 2020-21 campaign into November, the Czech center could still be sidelined for Opening Night. When (if) the NHL resumes play, it's possible the Penguins' open spot in the lineup will go to Jake Guentzel (shoulder), who reportedly is on track to get back onto the ice when the rest of the team does.
Simon (upper body) is facing an extended absence and was labelled week-to-week by coach Mike Sullivan on Monday.
Simon was stuck in a 12-game goal drought prior to getting hurt, during which he managed a mere one helper while logging 13:23 of ice time. Based on the winger's recovery timeline, he may miss out on the 30-point mark, a threshold he was challenging with 22 points in 64 contests. With Simon sidelined, Sam Lafferty figures to jump back into the lineup.
Simon left Saturday's game against the Sharks with an apparent upper-body injury, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Simon caught an elbow up high from Sharks defenseman Radim Simek. No update on Simon's status was available after the game -- for now, consider the winger day-to-day. The Penguins return to action Tuesday against the Senators -- expect an update on the 25-year-old Czech prior to that contest.
Simon was bounced from the first line against Los Angeles on Wednesday following the addition of Conor Sheary at the deadline.
Dropped into a fourth-line role, Simon logged a mere 7:29 of ice time, his fewest minutes this season. While his demotion may not be permanent, the Czech native should be considered a low-end fantasy option as long as he remains off of Sidney Crosby's line.
Simon scored a goal on two shots and had two PIM in a 4-3 win over Washington on Sunday.
Simon continues to take advantage of his assignment on Pittsburgh's top line alongisde Sidney Crosby, amassing five points (three goals, two assists) over his last seven games. Simon's goal Sunday, which staked the Penguins to a 3-1 lead, was his seventh in 52 games, leaving him one shy of the career-high eight he scored in 2018-19.
Simon (lower body) will be in the lineup against the Flyers on Tuesday.
Simon scored a goal in Sunday's clash with Boston prior to sustaining his lower-body issue. With the Czech native available, he figures to continue filling his first-line role alongside Sidney Crosby. In four games since Crosby's return, Simon racked up two goals, two helpers and six shots.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Simon is being evaluated for a lower-body injury.
Simon missed a good chunk of the second period but was able to return for the third before exiting for good. The 25-year-old managed to score the Penguins' first goal of the game before departing. Fellow top-six winger Dominik Kahun also sustained an upper-body injury in this contest, so the Pens may need to call up reinforcements from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before Tuesday's game versus the Flyers.
Simon exited Sunday's game versus the Bruins with an undisclosed injury, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Simon left in the second period but returned for the third, where he was re-injured and went to the dressing room. He has yet to return and is likely done for the day. Simon notched his sixth goal and 20th point of the season before departing.
Simon scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 victory over Minnesota.
With his tally, Simon ended a six-game goalless streak and registered just his second multi-point effort of the year. For now, the Czech is set to play on Pittsburgh's No. 1 line alongside Sidney Crosby, an assignment that would give any NHL player decent fantasy value. Simon's hold on the spot is tenuous at best and he could face challenges from Patric Hornqvist and Alex Galchenyuk. Additionally, Pittsburgh will no doubt be in the market for a top-six winger heading into the trade deadline, but for now, the job belongs to Simon who has already benefited.
Simon garnered an assist against the Panthers on Sunday.
Simon picked up an assist on the Penguins' lone goal (scored by Jared McCann) in Sunday's disappointing 4-1 defeat. Following the injury of Jake Guentzel (shoulder), Simon finds himself suiting up in a second-line role and could remain in a top-six spot for the foreseeable future. In the past, the Czech native has played on Sidney Crosby's (groin) wing and with the world-class center nearing a return, Simon could provide excellent fantasy value heading into the back half of the season.
Simon scored a goal on three shots and went plus-2 in Monday's 5-2 win over the Senators.
Simon struck at 11:44 of the first period to stretch the Penguins' lead to 2-0. It's his second goal in the last three games. The 25-year-old has 15 points, 70 shots on goal and a minus-2 rating through 39 appearances this year. He's on pace to reach 30 points in 2019-20, which could interest fantasy owners in deeper formats.
Simon scored a goal in Friday's 5-2 win over Nashville.
With his tally, Simon ended a 23-game goal drought dating back to Oct. 29 versus Philadelphia. Through the first 38 games of the year, the center has notched 14 points and should be capable of pushing for the career-high 28 he set last season. Unless he gets bumped up to a top-six role at some point, the Czech native won't offer much beyond mid-range fantasy value.
Simon notched an assist in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Simon was bumped up to the first line with Bryan Rust (lower body) unavailable. The 25-year-old made good on the promotion when he found Evgeni Malkin, who in turn set up Jake Guentzel for a first-period tally. The Czech winger has been solid this season with 12 points and 45 shots on goal through 26 games. If Rust is out for an extended time, Simon could be an interesting add for fantasy owners.
Simon recorded a power-play assist Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers.
Before picking up the lone assist on Jared McCann's power-play goal in the second period, Simon had gone four games without a point. The 25-year-old is up to 10 points in 18 games this season, but Simon offers little upside from a fantasy standpoint considering his career-high offensive output came last year when he finished with 28 points.
Simon posted a goal and three points with a plus-3 rating, three shots on net and a hit in a 7-1 victory against the Flyers on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed playing with Sidney Crosby this season. He's been on Crosby's line in the past, but he's finally yielding the results of skating with the superstar linemate. Simon has two goals and nine points with a plus-5 rating and 27 shots on goal in 13 games this season.
Simon picked up an assist versus the Lightning on Wednesday, in addition to registering five shots and one block.
Simon's play to get the puck into a scoring area will no doubt be overshadowed by the beauty of a pass Sidney Crosby made to Jake Guentzel, but it was Simon's effort to win a race to the puck that started everything in motion. The natural center appears to be cementing himself on the top line as a wing, as he has racked up one goal and four helpers in his previous six contests. As long as he continues to line up on Crosby's right side, the 25-year-old Simon will be a viable fantasy option.
Simon scored a goal on his lone shot and was plus-2 with two PIM in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Jets.
The 25-year-old deposited a loose puck in front to put the Penguins up 4-2 late in the second period and Pittsburgh went on to blow it wide open in the third period. Simon only registered eight goals and 28 points in 71 games last season, but anyone who skates on a line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel, as Simon did tonight, needs to at least be monitored going forward.
Simon will join the Czech Republic for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Simon hasn't played for his national team since 2014-15 due to his commitments with the Penguins, but will link up with the squad in Slovakia after Pittsburgh was bounced from the playoffs. In his 10 previous World Championship outings, the natural center notched one goal, five assists and two PIM. With the Pens this year, the 24-year-old set career highs in games (71), goals (eight), assists (20) and shots (121). Now a permanent fixture on the 23-man roster, Simon should be capable of pushing for the 30-point mark in 2019-20.
Simon notched an assist in Wednesday's Game 1 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Simon is bogged down in an 11-game goal drought and has added just three helpers over that stretch. The Czech native was slotted into a third-line role with Nick Bjugstad and Phil Kessel, but could face challenges from Zach Aston-Reese or Teddy Blueger for his spot in the lineup heading into Game 2 on Friday.
Simon recorded an assist and two shots in a 4-2 win over the Bruins on Sunday.
Simon skated only 7:37 in the contest, his fourth-lowest workload of the season over 58 appearances. Simon has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) for the year, to go with 98 shots. Right now, he's in the bottom six, but he could be worth a look if he gets promoted to a higher line.
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