Then and Now: Jon Sim

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Jon Sim became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization during the 2004-2005 season, when he became a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms in exchange for Peter White.

After he played in 10 games alongside Keith Ballard, Kiel McLeod, and Fredrik Sjostrom for the Utah Grizzlies in their final season in the American Hockey League, Sim joined the 2005 Calder Cup winners for the final 63 regular season games of the title year. He recorded the second-most points for the Phantoms with 35 goals and 26 assists for 61 points, four shy of R.J. Umberger’s total. The difference was Umberger played in 80 games for the Phantoms.

Sim played in all 21 games the Phantoms needed to beat the Norfolk Admirals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Providence Bruins, and Chicago Wolves on the way to their second title in eight years. The forward finished third on the team in the postseason with 17 points to finish behind Jeff Carter and Patrick Sharp, as his 10 goals was only second to Carter’s 12.

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When the NHL returned to action, Sim joined the Flyers for the 2005-2006 campaign. The 1996 third-round pick played in 39 games for the Orange and Black to reach a total of 14 points, as he recorded seven goals and seven assists. Five of his goals came in a three-game stretch from October 28th to November 3rd, which included a pair of two-goal games and two Flyers’ victories. Sim’s final goal for Philadelphia was a power-play tally in the third period of a 4-2 Flyers’ loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 22, 2005 and his final contest for Philly was the Orange and Black’s 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 21, 2006.

Two days after he helped the Flyers in a win over the Pens, Sim was shipped to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. With the selection, Philly picked left winger Patrick Maroon, who was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks’ organization early in the 2010-2011 campaign.

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Although he played in six less games for the Panthers during the 2005-2006 season than the Flyers, Sim registered four more points, as he deposited three more goals and one more helper.

Unfortunately, the winger was let go by Florida after the season. He joined the Atlanta Thrashers for the 2006-2007 campaign, as Sim signed a one-year contract worth $610,000.

With 29 points in 77 games, Sim finished fifth on the team behind Marian Hossa, Slava Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Scott Mellanby. The forward also helped the Thrashers reach the postseason for the first and only time in the team’s 12-year existence.

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Unfortunately for Sim and his teammates, Atlanta was swept in the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by the sixth-seeded New York Rangers. Sim went pointless with a minus-1 rating in the four-game series, while Keith Tkachuk and Pascal Dupuis were the only Thrashers to provide more than two points in the playoffs.

In the summer of 2007, Sim signed a three-year deal with the New York Islanders. The deal paid Sim $1 million each season.

Sim took part in just two games before he suffered an injury to his right knee which required season-ending surgery. In his two games, the forward was minus-1 with an assist and a minor penalty.

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The 2008-2009 season saw Sim return to the ice, as his play at the NHL level caused him to be assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers late in the year. After just nine goals and six assists in 49 games for the Isles, Sim produced 23 points in 18 games for the Sound Tigers. Although the winger played in less than 20 tilts for Bridgeport, his 13 goals and 10 assists put him 11th in terms of points out of the 41 players to suit up for the Sound Tigers during the year.

In the 2009 AHL postseason, the Sound Tigers lost in five games to the Penguins. Sim was one of two players to produce five points for Bridgeport during the series with two goals and three assists, while Ben Walter had one goal and four assists.

Sim’s second year of the contract didn’t produce a better outcome, as he played in 77 games for the Islanders for a total of 22 points. Although he was only one of six Islanders to take part in at least 77 contests during the 2009-2010 season, Sim finished 12th on the team in points. The Isles finished 14th in the Eastern Conference and 26th in the NHL.

Sim stayed with the Islanders for the 2010-2011 campaign, as he signed a one-year contract. In his two-way contract, Sim earned $650,000 at the NHL level.

The winger was placed on waivers three different times by New York, as Sim split time between the Islanders and Sound Tigers before leaving North America to play in the National League A, or NLA, Switzerland’s highest level of professional ice hockey. He registered one goal and three helpers in 34 games for the Isles, as well as seven goals and two assists in eight contests for the Sound Tigers before leaving for the NLA in January of 2011.

Sim’s final goal in the NHL came against the Flyers, as he recorded a goal in the third period of Philly’s 3-2 victory over New York on December 5, 2010 to even the score at one (go to 1:08).

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In the NLA, Sim became a member of HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA. The forward registered one goal and a minus-5 rating in seven contests for Gotteron before he joined the club for the 2011 postseason. Gotteron also boasted Cristobal Huet, Shawn Heins, Serge Aubin, Simon Gamache, Mark Mowers, and Pavel Rosa.

Unfortunately for Sim, he and his teammates ran into top-seeded HC Davos in the Quarterfinals of the 2011 NLA playoffs and were swept. Sim had 12 penalty minutes and a minus-3 rating against a club that featured Petr Sykora and Tim Ramholt.

Sim left Gotteron in 2011 to join HC Pardubice of the Tipsport Extraliga, the highest level of professional ice hockey in the Czech Republic. The forward played 20 games for a team that featured Pavel Brendl, Radovan Somik, and Casey Borer to register two goals and four assists.

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HC Pardubice loaned Sim to HC Slavia Praha in November of 2011. The winger had a goal, an assist, and 12 PIMs along with a plus-3 rating before he moved from the Tipsport Extraliga to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, or DEL.

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Sim became a member of Eisbaren Berlin two months after leaving HC Slavia Praha. He participated in 14 games for Berlin, as he potted a pair of goals and recorded six assists before he suited up for the team in the 2012 DEL playoffs.

Although he played in just 14 regular season games for Berlin, Sim played in 13 postseason games for the club and helped the team win the league championship. Sim went pointless and recorded 33 PIMs to help Eisbaren Berlin sweep Kolner Hale, eliminate the Straubing Tigers in four games, and defeat Adler Mannheim in a five-game Finals.

On Saturday, Sim was signed by the Florida Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, to a professional try-out. In three games for the Rampage, Sim is pointless with five shots on net and a minus-2 rating.