Braden Holtby And Ilya Samsonov: A Readers Poll

Our latest readers poll is fairly straightforward. Which Washington Capitals netminder should be the Team’s primary starting netminder in January?


Braden Holtby: 29 GP17-7-0-4, 2.99 GAA, .902 save percentage.

Ilya Samsonov: 14 GP, 10-2-0-1, 2.28 GAA, .918 save percentage.


Beginning Friday against the Hurricanes in Carolina, which Capitals netminder should get the majority of starts in January?

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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12 Responses to Braden Holtby And Ilya Samsonov: A Readers Poll

  1. Anonymous says:

    It should be at least 50/50, if not more starts for Samsonov, giving the lead in the Metro, need for him to develop, etc.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let Sammy drive for a bit. Rest worked well with Holtby and Grubauer in 2017-18. Sammy needs to work.

  3. Anonymous says:

    We should give Holtby a bit of rest in January, so he is 100% in the play-offs. We can’t run on him all day long.

  4. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Braden Hole-by got SCHOOLED by Semyon Varlamov! And cost the Caps a winnable game. It stinks. Caps outplayed NYI for long portions of this game and have squat to show for it. Rats!

    Caps are regressing to the Mean, giving up their Standings lead, and sinking like a rock!

    GMBM call your office

  5. Chris says:

    Should have been Sammy. He came out the gate swinging, was top in almost all goalie stats after his first few professional games. He will only get better meanwhile Holtby has been struggling for a long time and is only getting worse. I dont know what Reirden was thinking starting Holtby vs isles tonight ( he did that earlier in the year when Holtby was struggling and that backfired just like tonight).

  6. Anonymous says:

    Holtby is one of the most overrated athletes in sports today. Also a stupid sheep and a coward. Will be a great day when hes gone.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Pro Sports of 2020 come down to CAP $$$. The Caps will too soon be facing a choice, Backstrom or Holtby. Really a no brainer. Hershey is currently playing 2 Goalies that can p.lay; Copley & Vanacek. Either in January or by next season , Holtby will over price the Caps. Somewhat radical, but best option is trade Holtby now when there is value; and go with Ilya and Phoenix, or even Vitek. So the answer to the question is obvious, go with Samsonov

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