Ilya Samsonov Gets First NHL Bucket

Ilya-Samsonov-1.jpgPhoto: Sportsnet

Washington Capitals‘ goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov debuted his new goalie mask, his first as an NHL goalie, on Friday. The 21-year old will play his first season in North America this upcoming season and will likely start with the AHL’s Hershey Bears

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Today we have the pleasure to unleash Ilya Samsonov’s first NHL mask⭐️. It was such an honor to create this piece for you Ilya! Welcome to the DaveArt family🙏🏻. Ilya knew what he wanted on his first Capitals mask👊🏻, he wanted to pay tribute to the city of Washington❤️. We brainstormed together and came up with a cool plan🔄. How about build the design on the Capitol building, inspired from the old Capitals logo🦅. And the rest is a symphony created with the team logos🔴🔵 and stars inspired from the US flag🇺🇸. The design is built on a strong and crisp profile in a classic way, mixed with a lot of cool effects and for sure it is loaded with all the DaveArt Trademark Super FX✨. @samsonov_30 @capitals @nhl @daveart #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity

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Samsonov, who was selected 22nd overall in 2015, went 12-9-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. He signed his entry-level contract with the Capitals on May 4.

The helmet features the Capitals’ eagle logo, the Capitol Building, and his No. 30.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see the young goaltender get called up at some point this season if Pheonix Copley, who is expected to start the season as Braden Holtby‘s backup, struggles and Samsonov catches fire in Hershey.

Samsonov is expected to be the Capitals’ future in net and could see some time in net soon as 2020 when Holtby can become an unrestricted free agent. However, in order to do that, Samsonov must play strong in Hershey and Washington to take the reigns sooner rather than later.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was seeing T.J. Oshie's hat-trick​ during Game 1 of the Caps' second round playoff series against Pittsburgh in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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2 Responses to Ilya Samsonov Gets First NHL Bucket

  1. Pingback: Potential, Pressure, and Change: Despite His Promising Future, Ilya Samsonov Faces More Than Just Expectations This Season | NoVa Caps

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