NHL PLAYER, Ilya Samsanov
Born Feb 22, 1992 -- Magnitogorsk, Russia
Selected by Washington Capitals round 1 #22 overall 2015 NHL Entry Draft
Ilya Alexeyevich Samsonov (Russian: Илья Алексеевич Самсонов; born 22 February 1997) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Samsonov made his Kontinental Hockey League debut playing in relief with Metallurg Magnitogorsk during the 2014–15 KHL season on 11 December 2014, against Sibir Novosibirsk.After a successful junior season with Metallurg's Junior club, Stalnye Lisy, Samsonov was ranked as the top European Goalie in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and was the first goaltender drafted, being taken 22nd overall by the Washington Capitals.
Following the 2017–18 season, his fourth season in the KHL with Metallurg, Samsonov embarked on his NHL ambition in signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals on May 4, 2018. Samsonov was called up from the AHL Hershey Bears as insurance following Braden Holtby's upper body injury. He suited up as back-up goalie to Pheonix Copley for the November 16, 2018 game against the Colorado Avalanche. He made the opening night roster for the 2019–20 season, and made his NHL debut in a start against the New York Islanders on Friday, October 4, 2019. Samsonov made 25 saves in a 2–1 Capitals win.