Ilya Samsonov
Ilya Samsonov
22-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.
Stretches win streak to nine
GWashington Capitals
January 16, 2020
Samsonov made 32 saves in Thursday's 5-2 win over New Jersey.
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Samsonov has won each of his past nine starts, as the rookie Russian continues to outperform incumbent starter Braden Holtby. He was spotted a 3-0 lead in this one 19 seconds into the second period, and while the Devils were able to pull within one goal, Samsonov held the fort long enough for Washington to pull away in this fast-paced affair.
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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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Making second straight start
GWashington Capitals
January 15, 2020
Samsonov will patrol the crease during Thursday's home game versus New Jersey, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Records first NHL shutout
GWashington Capitals
January 13, 2020
Samsonov stopped all 23 shots he faced in Monday's 2-0 win over the Hurricanes.
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Tabbed for Monday's start
GWashington Capitals
January 12, 2020
Samsonov will guard the home cage for Monday's tilt against the Hurricanes, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Cruises to easy win
GWashington Capitals
January 8, 2020
Samsonov turned aside 26 shots in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Senators.
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Facing Senators
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January 7, 2020
Samsonov is slated to start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game versus Ottawa, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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