The Penguins have drafted forward Dominik Simon with their fifth pick (No. 137 overall) in the draft.
Simon, 20, appeared in 52 games for HC Plzen of the Czech Republic's ELH and scored 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists. Former Penguins star forward Martin Straka is the general manager of that team.
A left-handed shot, Simon, a native of the Czech Republic is listed as 5-foot-11 and 176 pounds.
A brief report on Simon from Hockey's Future:
"Simon has been one of the most refreshing participants in the tournament. The undrafted 20-year-old has been part of many Czech junior teams, having even been a key ingredient to beating Canada at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship. This past season he broke through as a pro with HC Plzen, putting up 19 goals and 33 points in 56 games [including playoffs], making him one of the few members of the team to have spent the season in the Czech Republic. That he now has a goal and five assists at the World Championship is nothing more than an exclamation point on the type of player he’s become."
-There aren't many highlights of Simon. Here's a goal he scored off an assist from former NHLer Martin Ruchinsky for the Czech Republic in a Euro Hockey Tour game against Russia in February:
-Here's a slick shootout goal he scored against Canada in a 2013 World Junior Championship tournament game:
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