Simon Holmström's first two pro seasons in North America were both abbreviated and underwhelming. Coming into his third pro season, Holmström solidified himself as one of Bridgeport's top forwards, showcasing his skills as a playmaker and showing his potential as a future NHLer.
In 68 games, Holmström accrued 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists), ranking him Bridgeport's third-highest point collector. Chris Terry skated alongside Holmström tallying his fourth career 30-goal campaign and had words of praise on how Holmström helped elevate his game:
"His skating ability, poise with the puck, you saw tonight on two of the goals we scored how strong he is. He’s taking pucks off veteran players in this league and making plays. From start to finish this year, he’s an elite player in this league and be hard not to see him in the NHL next year."- Chris Terry
The Islanders' 2019 first-round pick began to prove this season why GM Lou Lamoriello took him 23rd overall, despite some believing it was a bit of a reach. Patience with Holmström appears it could be paying off. Much like Räty, Holström will attempt to overcome the odds of a crowded forward group at the varsity level with a strong showing in training camp.