ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals bulked up their prospect pool by selecting goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, a surprising move considering how deep they are at the position.
Several prospects, notably Jakub Vrana and Madison Bowey, will play for Hershey of the American Hockey League this season, on what could be the youngest Bears team in 10 years...
, the language barrier does create a roadblock.
"We take for granted the ability to communicate, because it's not always possible," Korn said. "It's way better than it was a year ago. I try to keep it simple. He's getting there and it's a process. Last year, when he came over here, the proverbial deer in headlights probably comes to mind."
Ilya Samsonov, the Capitals' first-round pick (No. 22) at the 2015...
for what he is as a hockey player. They're all good players and they deserve to be placed and picked where they were."
Four players born in Russia were selected in the first round Friday, including defenseman Ivan Provorov to the Philadelphia Flyers, right wing Denis Gurianov to the Dallas Stars, left wing Evgeny Svechnikov to the Detroit Red Wings and goaltender Ilya Samsonov to the Washington Capitals...
, the Washington Capitals drafted goaltender Ilya Samsonov. It was the first time a goaltender was picked in the first round since 2012.
The final surprise of the night came at No. 30, when the Coyotes chose Kelowna Rockets forward Nicholas Merkley.
"I love that kid," Maloney said. "He's the way the game is being played for a smaller player: quick, compete, can score. ... Was I surprised [he was available...
overall picks, respectively.
* Four players born in Russia were selected tonight (D Ivan Provorov, #7 to Philadelphia; RW Denis Gurianov, #12 to DAL; LW Evgeny Svechnikov, #19 to DET and G Ilya Samsonov,
#22 to WSH). That's the most in the first round since the same number were picked in the 2001 NHL Draft, also held in South Florida (LW Ilya Kovalchuk, #1 to ATL; C Alexander Svitov, #3 to TBL; LW...
will wear an opponent down over the course of a game.
22) Washington Capitals
Ilya Samsonov, Goaltender
NHL Central Scouting final ranking (European): 1
2014-15: Magnitogorsk 2 (RUS-JR.); 18 games, 2.66 goals-against average, .918 save percentage
Summary: Samsonov (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) played one game in the Kontinental Hockey League with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk under coach Mike Keenan. His size enables...
round of the 2003 NHL Draft (No. 52), the Blackhawks have picked a goaltender in the top three rounds twice, and neither is in the organization. There are some strong goaltending prospects this year who could be available when their turn comes; a left wing who could develop into a top-six forward is another potential area they could examine.
Possible fits: Ilya Samsonov, G, Magnitogorsk 2 (RUS...
't have enough wingers. It's best player available. If you have a weakness or a lack of a certain position, go out and trade for that position. The draft guys could be a year away, could be three years away. You have to look big picture when it comes to the draft, and that's best player available at any position."
There is a strong class of goaltending prospects in the 2015 draft. Ilya Samsonov...
It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy. Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.
— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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