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Quick Start for Jon Sim
Jon Sim got off to a quick start Monday, scoring an unassisted power-play goal in the second period of the team's 2-1 loss to Vancouver in the preseason opener. That's a boost of confidence for the scrappy forward, who is coming off a difficult year in which he was sent down to the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport in March to finish out the season.
"Anytime you score a goal or do something good, it helps," Sim said. "Hopefully it's something I can build on."
Looking back on last season, Sim said he probably was not as physically capable as he needed to be, returning after a year (2007-2008) where he played only two games because of a season-ending knee injury.
"It was hard," Sim said. "Physically I don't think I was as ready as I thought it was, and that just led to me getting mentally frustrated. I think I'm a different player than I was."
In retrospect, Sim said his demotion to the minors was a bit of a blessing.
"I think I can benefit from that. I went down there, worked hard, put up good numbers, and the team won. I think it helped with my confidence," Sim said,
It wasn't an easy pill to swallow for Sim, but he approached the situation with a positive attitude.
"It was hard but I had to be professional about it," SIm said. "I wanted to show the organization that I still wanted to be a part of the organization and play well."
He did show the organization not only his commitment with how he approached his stint in the AHL, but also that he could produce. Sim had 13 goals and 10 assists in 18 games with the Sound Tigers.
Now Sim hopes he can show the organization he is ready to produce at this level again.
"I just want to get back to the player I was before."