Showing posts with label Craig Simpson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Craig Simpson. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Frozen Four: A few tweets from Philly

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

UND vs SLU lines game two

UND forward lines
21 Brendan O’Donnell–9 Drake Caggiula–19 Rocco Grimaldi
25 Mitch MacMillan – 27 Luke Johnson–15 Michael Parks (A)
29 Bryn Chyzyk–10 Adam Tambellini––22 Andrew Panzarella
28 Stephane Pattyn (A)–13 Connor Gaarder–11- Derek Rodwell

UND defense pairing
18 Dillon Simpson (C) – 6 Paul LaDue
 20 Gage Ausmus – 24 Jordan Schmaltz
4 Keaton Thompson – 2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
30 Matt Hrynkiw

Scratches: 5-Nick Mattson, 7-Wade Murphy, 16-Mark MacMillan, 17-Colten St. Clair 26-Coltyn Sanderson and 30-Matt Hrynkiw.

St. Lawrence’s Forward lines
10 Greg Carey–16 Matt Carey–25 Chris Martin
27 Gunnar Hughes–24 Brian Ward–18 Patrick Doherty
9 Alex Hagen – 26 Kyle Essery–19 Justin Wick
28 Trevor Hills–12 Sean McGovern –13 Woody Hudson

St. Lawrence defense pairings
2 Eric Sweetman– 51 Justin Baker
23 Riley Austin–11 Ross McMullen
7 Gavin Bayreuther –52 Pat Raley

St. Lawrence goalies
 34 Matt Weninger
30 Tyler Parks
29 Kyle MacDonald
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Sunday, October 06, 2013

UND vs. Manitoba Lines

Forward Lines

Drake Caggiula – 9 - Mark MacMillan – 16 -  Rocco Grimaldi – 19
Adam Tambellini – 10 - Luke Johnson – 27 - Michael Parks – 15 (A)
Bryn Chyzyk – 29 - Stephane Pattyn – 28 (A)-  Colten St. Clair – 17
Brendan O’Donnell – 21 -  Connor Gaarder – 13 - Wade Murphy – 7

Defense Paring

Dillon Simpson – 18 ( C )- Jordan Schmaltz – 24
Nick Mattson – 5 - Paul LaDue – 6
Gage Ausmus – 20 - Troy Stecher – 2
Keaton Thompson – 4 - Andre Panzarella – 22

UND Goalies

33 Clarke Saunders
31 Zane Gothberg

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Dillon Simpson to return for his senior season

UND Hockey fans breathed a sigh of relief today, as they got some really good news, soon to be senior defenseman Dillon Simpson tweeted that he will return for his senior year on his twitter account today. I  would have to think that Simpson would be a good candidate to wear a letter for UND next season. Simpson was the leading point scorer for defensmen last season with (5g-19a—24pts). In 114 games at North Dakota Simpson has scored (9g-43a—52pts).
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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Omaha bleeds green...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Red Baron WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Carter Rowney • Senior, Forward, University of North Dakota

Fighting Sioux

MADISON, Wis. – Veteran University of North Dakota forward Carter Rowney, who contributed five scoring points and had a game-winning goal as his team took three of four points from league-leading and visiting Denver last weekend, is the Red Baron® WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Dec. 11.

A 6-2 208-pound senior center from Sexsmith, Alberta, Rowney scored three goals and set up two others, had four shots on goal and earned a +3 plus/minus rating as North Dakota stretched its unbeaten streak to three and improved to 8-5-3 overall. He had career-high four points (2g, 2a) in last Saturday’s (Dec. 8) 6-3 victory over the Pioneers, including the game-winning goal and his first career shorthanded goal to earn Second Star of the Game honors. Three of his four points came in the second period, enabling UND to erase a 1-0 deficit, as he set up Derek Forbort’s go-ahead power-play goal early in the second period, then scored his two goals eight minutes apart to build a 4-1 lead. In the 2-2 (ot) tie in the series opener last Friday (Dec. 7), Rowney scored a goal to snap a seven-game drought, won 11 of 18 face-offs (61.1%), and was a +1. In 15 games this season, Rowney has 11 points (5g, 6a).

Also nominated: Rylan Schwartz, F, CC; Chris Knowlton, F, DU; Tom Serratore, F, UM; Eriah Hayes, F, MSU; Matt White, F, UNO.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dillon Simpson from boy to polished defenseman… UND’s defensman steps up to make major impact on team.

Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is what I wrote for the Hockey Writers - Combine. 
University of North Dakota Junior defenseman Dillon Simpson accelerated his high school studies to come to UND at a very young age of 17 years old. His first season with UND, Simpson could have been attending high school with kids his own age instead of playing in a league full of 20 year old men.
Simpson was drafted in the fourth round, 92ndover-all in the 2011 NHL entry level draft by the hometown Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers Hockey’s Future page
has Simpson listed as a project.
Simpson is a project in the purest sense. It’s unlikely he leaves school early, barring an incredible jump in production, so it won’t be clear where he fits for a couple years.
This season has kind of been a coming out party for the young defenseman.
This season, Simpson has shown us a peak of what we can expect from him in the weeks to come.
On the ice Simpson’s play oozes with confidence.
Head coach Dave Hakstol had this to say about Dillon Simpson’s play during the last series and more specifically last Saturday Night.
“I thought this past Saturday especially in a game where we weren’t happy with a lot of things – there were very many things that we did. I thought he was one guy that continued to play at a real efficient level. We’re happy with his play – he’s made a nice step forward from where he was as a sophomore and he has held that level of play at a pretty consistent level. So there have been a lot of positive signs for him.
Coach Hakstol on whether Dillon Simpson is physically stronger this season.
He’s stronger, he’s more mature, Hakstol said. You always have to remember that everyone’s body matures at a different age. But also, Dillon’s a junior but he just turned 19 years old, he’s a young junior. I think what we’re starting to see is some of that physical maturity starting to kick in and that combined with a lot of the hard work that he has put in over the last couple of years you’re starting to see the payoff of that added strength and improved conditioned levels and that usually leads to an improved level of consistent play.
Coach Hakstol was asked whether junior defenseman Dillon Simpson has improved dramatically from last season.
“Number one he [Simpson] is getting a little more opportunity,” Hakstol said. “But usually opportunity comes with performance. The two have a coincidently way of meeting in the middle. You perform well you tend to see more opportunity. I think it’s a combination of the two for Dillon, he has very good offensive instincts, that’s a hole that he jumped into obviously it’s part of the power playset up but it’s also a read from his stand point – he made a good read – he jumped into a hole and finished a play. That’s something that we hope to see more and more out of him, we hope to see more of his offensive talents coming through.”
I believe the sky is the limit with Dillon Simpson and as his play improves, his minutes increase and so does his points total.
In case you were wondering, Dillon is the son of former NHLer, Hockey Night in Canada television broadcaster and MSU Spartans Alumnus Craig Simpson.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Joey Holka check on Dillon Simpson

Back by popular demand. I apologize about the quality of this video, it was taken with my iPhone. This is the hit that SCSU forward Joey Holka put on UND defenseman Dillon Simpson at the 16:56 mark of the second period of Saturday night's game, Holka was given a 2 minute minor. This is one of these hits that are right on the line, it could be a five minute major but after reviewing the hit a few times, I am not so sure. What do you think?
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jordan Schmaltz hit on Drew Leblanc

I have had a few requests from readers to put video on-line so why not... I personally can see how the call on UND freshman defenseman Jordan Schmaltz was given a five minute major and a game missconduct. That being said, the refs aren't calling this equally. I don't know how many times this season already a UND player was crunched into boards from behind and the hit was worse than the one on the video and the offending player only got a two minute penalty.

Some fans are wondering why wasn't the Huskies forward Joey Holka given a major penalty for checking Dillon Simpson from behind at the 16:56 mark of the second period? I think both hits are very similar... That's what I have a problem with, there is no consistency in the referee's calls.  I think that is all the fans ask.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Cult of Hockey profiles Dillon Simpson

The Cult of Hockey has an interesting article on UND junior defenseman Dillon Simpson.
Edmonton Oilers Prospects #12: Dillon Simpson

There was some reflexive complaining about nepotism in Edmonton after they drafted Simpson in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft, but it was largely muted and for good reason: Simpson looks like he’s going to be a player on merit, not just because he happens to share a last name with a former 50-goal scorer.

Simpson played 30 college games in his draft year, scoring twice and adding eight assists, and he built on those totals this year: 42 games played, two goals, and 16 assists for 18 total points. There’s other good news – his role expanded to the point where he was on the ice for both special teams (something that had not happened the year before), he doubled his shot totals over the course of the season, and despite taking on more responsibility he went from plus-11 to plus-10 despite the fact that the team as a whole went from plus-56 to plus-19.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good.

The jump in offense, for example, isn’t as spectacular as it sounds. At even-strength over 30 games in 2010-11, Simpson had one goal and six assists. At even-strength over 42 games in 2011-12, he had one goal and six assists. Fully 11 of his 18 points last season came on the power play. How much offense will he bring to the professional level – particularly if he doesn’t end up on the man advantage? It’s unclear but his college numbers to date don’t suggest he’s going to be a dominant force; his point totals are in the same range as recent Oilers college picks Jeff Petry, Cody Wild and Taylor Chorney.

Expectations for 2012-13: Another year at the University of North Dakota could be revealing. With top defender Ben Blood slated to turn pro, there’s room for Simpson to move up the depth chart. It’s reasonable to expect more work at both even-strength and on special teams, and the challenge will be for Simpson to remain a plus player against tougher opposition, and hopefully to deliver something more offensively. [Read the Whole Articled]
I don’t think that anyone who watched Dillon Simpson play on a regular basis over the past two year would agree with everything that is written in this article. I also wonder how many games the author actually watched Simpson play. Lets not forget, Dillon came to UND at the ripe old age of 17 playing against older adult players that are in their 20’s.

I have heard that Simpson like many of his other teammates played a portion of last season injured and that might explain why Simpson’s play might have taken a bit of a dip. I heard that Simpson had played one of the series against the Minnesota Gophers with a significant injury.

Lastly, I think that Dillon Simpson has a great upside and will get better as he matures with age. Simpson will only get better playing against older players.I am also not comfortable with comparing Simpson to the Edmonton Oiler fans favorite whipping boy Taylor Chorney - I think that Simpson in my opinion is much better player with a bigger upside defensively that Chorney.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dillon Simpson interviews with Cult of Hockey

North Dakota Fighting Sioux men's ice hockeyImage via WikipediaHere is a nice article that was written by Cult of Hockey on Fighting Sioux Sophomore defenseman Dillon Simpson. In my opinion, it was pretty nice accomplishment by the young man to do so well in the classroom this past season. Not many people can claim to have gotten a 4.0 grade point average but then to be a division I athlete and have that accomplishment is even more impressive in my opinion.
Cult of Hockey --- Dillon Simpson seems to have it all going for him. Son of former Oiler star Craig Simpson, the youngster seems to have inherited his dad’s smarts, good looks, and at least a portion of his hockey talent.

Let’s talk about those smarts for a moment. Young Dillon carried a 4.0 grade point average in the first semester last year, pursuing his business degree with a major in finance. He managed to do this while playing hockey fulltime at the University of North Dakota, where the freshman was reportedly the youngest player in the entire WCHA. Playing against much older men, the 17-year-old defender kept his head above the water line on the ice (30 GP, 2-8-10) , and did much better than that in the classroom.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup Finals...

As a Boston Bruins fan, I have to say that this is one of the most memorable seasons in a very long time, it had been a couple of decades of mediocrity for the Boston Bruins as they had not been in the Stanley Cup Finals since the 1990 season when they lost to the Edmonton Oilers in 5 games… Former Edmonton Oilers’ forward Craig Simpson (father of current Fighting Sioux defenseman Dillon Simpson) scored the game winning goal for the Edmonton Oilers to clinch the Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins.

• Game 1: Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks. NBC, CBC, RDS
• Game 2: Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks. NBC, CBC, RDS
• Game 3: Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins. Versus, CBC RDS
• Game 4: Wednesday, June at 7 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins. Versus, CBC RDS
• Game 5: Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks* NBC, CBC, RDS
• Game 6: Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins* NBC, CBC, RDS
• Game 7: Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks* NBC, CBC, RDS
* – if necessary

In looking at the schedule for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals there is another long layoff between games one and two.