|Jon Sim |
For Jon Sim, the 2008-2009 season is a second beginning. After joining the Islanders as a free agent last summer, Sim was poised to join the shutdown line with Mike Sillinger and Trent Hunter and bring a combination of offensive skill with aggressive defensive ability. Unfortunately, Sim played only two games on the Island after he tore his ACL and was forced to miss the entire season.
But, even in light of the unfortunate circumstances under which his inaugural season with the Islanders ended, Sim is still very positive about the prospects for this year.
"I'm treating this year just like I am a new free agent again," Sim said. "The only difference is that I am one step ahead of everyone. I know the guys, I'm familiar with the team, but I get a new beginning as a player."
Sim was able to tally his first assist as an Islander last year. However, he noted that he looks forward even more so to netting his first goal.
"I'm definitely looking to getting my first goal," said Sim. "Hopefully it will come sooner rather than later. But mostly, I'm just excited to get the skates back on and play. I can't wait to lace them back up and get out there, and show Islander fans what I can do."
Sim also noted that he looks forward to bringing another aggressive agitator's presence to the ice.
|Jon Sim |
"That's really how I like to play," Sim said of being an agitator. "That's just part of the style of my game."
Before joining the Islanders, Sim came off a career best season in Atlanta. He scored a career-high 17 goals in his first full season in the NHL. Sim hadn't played more than 48 games in the NHL in a season until then. Sim also added 12 assists and 60 penalty minutes – both career highs. He spent most of his time with the Thrashers on Atlanta phenom Ilya Kovalchuk's line. Sim's gritty play both protected and helped to free up Kovalchuk. This should translate well to his role on the Islanders as he helps create space for the young goal scorers, while contributing on the scoresheet as well. His versatility will be a key component this coming season.
With free agency in full swing, Islanders fans have another moderately-new face to watch for in this coming season: Jon Sim.