Capitals Recall Siegenthaler, Re-assign Samsonov to Hershey

The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and have re-assigned goaltender Ilya Samsonov to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.  

The move suggests that after missing the past two games, Braden Holtby will likely dress tonight vs. The Canadiens,⁠ and possibly make his first start since November 11. Holtby participated in practice on Sunday, and met with the media following his workout.

There have been no injury updates provided for T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov as of yet. Both players did not participate in practice on Sunday.

The Capitals hold their morning skate at 11:30 this morning, so we may learn more at that time.


Siegenthaler, 21, made his NHL debut on Nov. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and has appeared in two games for the Capitals this season, averaging 11:38 of ice time per game. Siegenthaler has played in 14 games with Hershey this season and has registered two assists. The 6’3”, 230-pound defenseman played in his first season with the Hershey Bears last year. In 102 career games with the Bears, Siegenthaler has recorded 15 points (6g, 9a) and 85 penalty minutes.

Siegenthaler recorded his first career AHL goal on Oct. 15, 2017 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Zurich, Switzerland, native previously played for the ZSC Lions in the National League in Switzerland. In 115 career games in the National League, Siegenthaler recorded 18 points (4g, 14a) and 85 penalty minutes.

The Capitals selected Siegenthaler in the second round, 57th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Samsonov, 21, has posted a record of 3-5-0 with a 3.73 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in eight games with the Bears this season. The 6’2”, 205-pound goaltender has recorded at least 30 saves in three games with Hershey this season.

Samsonov recorded a 12-9-1 record with a 2.31 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in 26 regular season games and a 1-2 record with a 2.30 goals against average and a .913 save percentage in five playoff games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) during the 2017-18 season. The Magnitogorsk, Russia, native also represented Russia in two international games, recording a 0.99 goals against average and a .956 save percentage.

Samsonov played in 27 games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the 2016-17 season, finishing with a 15-3-5 record, a 2.13 goals against average and a .936 save percentage, twice earning KHL Rookie of the Week honors. Samsonov also appeared in the 2017 World Junior Championship with Russia and recorded a 2.11 goals against average and a .930 save percentage in six games, leading Russia to a bronze medal and earning World Junior All Star Team honors. Samsonov appeared in 19 games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the 2015-16 season, recording a 2.04 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Additionally, Samsonov played in six playoff games, helping Metallurg win the Gagarin Cup. Samsonov also won a silver medal at the World Junior Championship, appearing in two games for Russia with a 1.00 goals against average and a .956 save percentage. In 87 career KHL games, Samsonov posted a 33-16-9 record with a 2.20 goals against average, a .929 save percentage and seven shutouts.

Internationally, Samsonov represented Russia at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, posting a 2-1-0 record, a 1.67 goals-against average and .952 save percentage at the tournament. He recorded a 46-save shutout in the bronze-medal game to lead Russia to a 2-0 win over Canada East. Samsonov also represented Russia at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and recorded two wins and a .942 save percentage to earn top goaltender honors at the 2015 Under-18 Five Nations tournament.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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