Ilya Samsonov
Ilya Samsonov
23-Year-Old GoalieG
Washington Capitals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Samsonov migrated to North America in 2018-19 and acquitted himself quite well in his inaugural season with AHL Hershey, posting a 2.70 GAA and .898 save percentage behind a 20-16-1 record in 37 starts. While not eye-popping numbers, the Russian owns an excellent combination of size and skill that projects well at the NHL level should his development continue as planned. With Braden Holtby an unrestricted free agent in 2020, Samsonov's time may come soon, but the Capitals will remain patient and look to see what he can do with a heavier workload in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals in May of 2018.
Victimized by Zibanejad
GWashington Capitals
March 5, 2020
Samsonov allowed six goals on 39 shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers.
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Samsonov was on the receiving end of a historic scoring performance by Mika Zibanejad, who scored five of the Rangers' six goals, including the overtime winner. The Russian netminder was able to earn his team a point in the standings, though most of the credit for that should go to Alex Ovechkin, who tied the game in the final minute. Samsonov is winless in his last five decisions (0-4-1) following a 16-2-1 start to his NHL career.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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One of the premier goaltending prospects, Samsonov continued to fine-tune his game in the KHL with a 2.31 GAA and .926 save percentage en route to a 12-9-1 record over 26 games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk last season. The Russian signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals in May and is expected to get a heavy workload with AHL Hershey in the 2018-19 season. With Braden Holtby firmly entrenched as the starter, Samsonov's fantasy value remains limited as long as he is buried on the depth chart, but the talented netminder owns tremendous upside in dynasty formats. Now that he's made the jump to North America, he should become a factor in standard leagues before long.
A first-round pick in 2015 and arguably the top goalie prospect in the world, Samsonov is slated for another season in the WHL, where he's already developed into one of the circuit's better goalies, having posted a 2.13 GAA and .936 save mark over 27 games last season. He did that despite playing against veteran competition while being just 19 years old for most of the campaign, which has to have his dynasty-league owners salivating about his arrival at the NHL level. Unfortunately, that’s a while away, as Samsonov won't come over to North America until 2018-19 -- and even then, the young Russian will be stuck behind Braden Holtby and perhaps Philipp Grubauer in Washington. Of course, he could also be used as a trade chip to bring the Caps a star player during the 2017-18 season; such a development would likely be a boon for Samsonov’s fantasy owners, as it might create a clearer path to playing time in his early 20s.
A somewhat surprising first-round selection by the goalie-rich Washington Capitals in 2015, Samsonov had a productive 2015-16 season with the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Primarily playing as the backup netminder, the 19-year-old netminder managed an impressive 2.04 GAA and .925 save percentage en route to a 6-4-3 record in 19 appearances last season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound netminder has an impressive blend of size, athleticism, and hockey IQ that remind scouts of current Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky. With Vezina Trophy-winner Braden Holtby under a reasonable contract for the foreseeable future, the Capitals have every incentive to take their time with Samsonov's development, a plan they appear to be embracing as he will be allowed to finish out the remaining two years of his KHL contract before hopefully transitioning to the North American ranks sometime after the 2018-19 season. While he has a high ceiling and a bright future, he is unlikely to demonstrate his talents at the NHL level anytime soon, although he should get a chance to showcase his skills for Team Russia at the upcoming U-20 World Junior Championships in Canada, as well as continued work in the KHL ranks.
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Starting Thursday
GWashington Capitals
March 3, 2020
Samsonov will patrol the crease during Thursday's road game versus the Rangers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Losing skid continues
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February 27, 2020
Samsonov stopped 29 of 31 shots in Thursday's 3-0 loss to Winnipeg.
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Tending twine Thursday
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February 26, 2020
Samsonov will get the road start against the Jets on Thursday, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Downed by Devils
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February 22, 2020
Samsonov made 26 saves in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Devils.
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Starting in New Jersey
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February 21, 2020
Samsonov will defend the blue paint during Saturday's road clash with the Devils, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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