Friday, 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov signed a three-year, entry-level contract that will bring the Russian to North America next season. Samsonov, who has been playing for the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, is considered one of the best goaltenders not in the NHL.
Upon the announcement of Samsonov’s contract, the Capitals prospect spoke to Sport-Express’s Evgeny Belousov about the next step in his career and his relationship and education about his new team.
Samsonov also revealed part of the discussions he had with the Capitals general manager.
“In December I met with Brian MacLellan and we agreed that, from the outset I’ll be getting used to new circumstances, so I’ll start in the AHL,” Samsonov said as translated by RMNB’s Graham Dumas. “They should then bring me up pretty quickly to the NHL.”