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ROOKIE CAMP: Samorukov putting '18-19 past him, ready for pro endeavour

Dmitri Samorukov isn't dwelling on the success he achieved in the 2018-19 campaign, but rather looking ahead to proving what he can do as a pro

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Dmitri Samorukov won't be playing goaltender any time soon but if he were asked, he would.

"I'm a two-way guy and just want to help," the Russian said from the Oilers Hall of Fame Room on Day 1 of Rookie Camp. 

"That's it. If they want me to score, I can score. I can play goalie if they want."

Samorukov will not be strapping the pads but his desire to become a mainstay pro is abundantly clear. Whatever it takes.

The Oilers 2017 third-round selection (84th-overall) is already expected to patrol Bakersfield's blueline in the 2019-20 season after scorching through the back half of the Ontario Hockey League campaign with the Guelph Storm last year.

The 6-foot-3, 188-pounder notched 10 goals and 45 points in 59 regular season outings then unearthed additional offensive flair in the playoffs, tallying 10 strikes, 18 helpers and 28 points in 24 games for a 1.16 points per game average.

When the Volgograd, RUS, product was tasked with added responsibilities in Guelph, he flourished.

"It just came to me," the 2019 World Junior Championship bronze medallist said. "I wasn't the first power-play guy who was scoring goals. Then they decided to switch it up and it (favoured) me.

"I was just doing my job."

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The defenceman did his job so well that it impressed Oilers VP of Player Development Scott Howson.

"We all saw Dmitri have a really strong World Juniors and he just took off from there," Howson said. "He became a dominant player. It was a little bit surprising. The offence I didn't see coming this quickly, and that's not what we're going to be looking for necessarily next year, that he's going to be a dominant offensive player, but he's got it in him. He proved it."

But Samorukov isn't dwelling on his prior accomplishments, which helped the Storm achieve a J. Ross Robertson Cup championship and subsequent Memorial Cup berth where Guelph placed third.

"I think last season was last season," he said. "It's a new step for me."

The 20-year-old came to Edmonton a month and a half ago to begin getting ready for the opportunity that presents itself at Rookie Camp and, should he receive an invite, Oilers Main Camp. 

He's willing to do whatever it takes - including playing in goal - to show that he can compete for a position on the back end.

"I think it's time," he said. "Time to show everyone."

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