Ilya Samsonov
22-Year-Old GoalieG
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals in May of 2018.
Demoted to minors
GWashington Capitals  Minors
April 14, 2019
Samsonov was reassigned to AHL Hershey on Sunday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
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In a corresponding move, the Capitals also recalled Vitek Vanecek from AHL Hershey. Samsonov will be able to compete in the AHL playoffs with the Bears, while Vanecek will help provide the Capitals with depth in the crease during their respective playoff run. In the minors, the Russian currently holds a 19-14-2 record while posting a 2.74 GAA and .896 save percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Recalled from minors
GWashington Capitals  Minors
April 11, 2019
Samsonov was promoted from AHL Hershey on Thursday.
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Finishing AHL season strong
GWashington Capitals  Minors
April 5, 2019
Samsonov stopped all 17 shots in AHL Hershey's 4-0 shutout of Toronto on Thursday.
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Owner of back-to-back AHL shutouts
GWashington Capitals  Minors
January 17, 2019
Samsonov stopped all 16 shots he faced in AHL Hershey's 1-0 overtime win over Binghamton on Wednesday.
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Headed back to minors
GWashington Capitals  Minors
November 19, 2018
Samsonov was reassigned to AHL Hershey on Monday.
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Recalled from minors
GWashington Capitals  Minors
November 16, 2018
Samsonov has been summoned from AHL Hershey, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
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