Capitals Send Ilya Samsonov To Hershey For Conditioning

The Washington Capitals announced on Sunday that Ilya Samsonov will be sent to Hershey on a conditioning assignment. Samsonov’s last game was almost a month ago, on January 17 against the Penguins.

Samsonov was added to the COVID-19-related absences list on January 20 when it was reported he had tested positive for COVID-19. He returned to Capitals practice on February 8.

In addition, the Capitals recalled netminder Craig Anderson from the taxi squad to the active roster.

Samsonov started two games for the Capitals so far this season. He has a 3.36 GAA and a .868 save percentage.

Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette stated in his pre-game press conference that there is no exact timeline for how long Ilya Samsonov will be in Hershey. They want him to get a game or game(s).

The Hershey Bears next host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms today at 1:00 PM. The  netminder will look to make his first AHL appearance since Game 4 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Charlotte.

Samsonov spent his first professional season in North America with the Bears, going 20-14-2 in 37 games in 2018-19, recording a 2.70 goals against-average, a .898 save percentage, and three shutouts. That year, he also helped Hershey to an opening round playoff series win versus Bridgeport, posting a .945 save percentage in three games versus the Sound Tigers.

By Jon Sorensen

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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