Ilya Samsonov is the Washington Capitals’ goaltender of the future and the team’s de facto starter heading into next season. After winning 15 of his first 17 starts during his rookie season, the young Russian got consideration for the Calder Trophy at the end of the year. For Samsonov, the question isn’t if he will be a decent NHL player, it’s if he’ll be able to put it all together to be a top-tier talent in the league.
Capitals legend Olie Kolzig, the winningest goaltender in franchise history and currently a player development coach with the team, thinks the sky is the limit for Samsonov.
“I think Sammy has the ability to be like [Andrei] Vasilevskiy,” Kolzig said on the Capitals Talk Podcast last week.