The San Jose Sharks will get an important defenseman back soon, as Radim Simek has been recalled from his AHL conditioning stint. Simek hasn’t played an NHL game since he suffered a major knee injury in March when his leg was caught under Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp. The team has also recalled Lean Bergmann from the AHL, while sending Jonny Brodzinski back down.
Simek, 27, played a bigger role than some may remember for the Sharks last season, offering a stabilizing presence to a group that has so many talented offensive weapons. His absence was felt most in the playoffs when the team missed his physical style and this year has been no different.
The Czech defender recorded just nine points in 41 games with the Sharks, but was still named the team’s Rookie of the Year thanks. He’ll be welcomed back as the Sharks try to somehow right the ship this season.
Through the first 15 games of 2019-20, San Jose sits with a 4-10-1 record and look like one of the worst teams in the entire NHL. That record includes the five-game losing streak that they are currently on and has them sitting ahead of only the Ottawa Senators in the standings. Though Simek can’t be the entire answer, getting him back in the lineup will at least help things move in a more positive direction.