If he was Chris Pronger Jr, or Dany Heatley II, Dillion Simpson might be a little nervous about stepping into the Edmonton Oilers organization.
But he doesn’t see any issues with being Craig Simpson’s kid.
“That was something I talked about with my dad and the Oiler guys going into the draft,” said the 21-year-old defenceman, who told them he didn’t have any problem with trying to become a second-generation Oiler.
“My dad isn’t a part of the organization anymore and he left on good terms.”
Once the draft was over and Simpson returned to the University of North Dakota in 2011, being the son of an Oiler didn’t generate much play at all. But now that he’s turned pro and is beginning his quest to play in Edmonton, it’s a talking point again.
“There are always going to be nay sayers and people like that,” said the 6-foot-2, 197-pounder, who went 92nd overall. “But I’m not going to pay attention or make it a big deal. I kind of want to pave my own path and see what I can do as a p