Team: Tappara U20
Position: Right Wing
Height / Weight: 5-9 / 172
REPORT: TAPPARA @ HIFK U20, JANUARY 8, 2020
Simontaival started the game really well. In his first shift, he generated a decent shot off the rush and got his stick into a shooting lane in his own end. He scored a power play goal with a hard one-timer later in the first period and put his shooting abilites on display all game long. He has the ability to shoot around sticks and his shot selection (slap shot, wrister, one-timer) is excellent. But make no mistake, he also has high-end passing skills and his vision is elite. He has quick hands and good hand-eye coordination. Simontaival is not the biggest of forwards, but he’s sturdy on his skates and has a wide stance which makes him difficult to knock off the puck. His skating has improved and he displayed good acceleration and top gear. He was noticeable in almost every shift and finished the game with a goal and two assists.