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.
#Caps assign goaltender Ilya Samsonov to the Hershey Bears (AHL).
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) February 14, 2021
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.
#Capitals recalling Anderson to replace Samsonov is Washington’s first recall of the season in which they are actually using cap space to do it.
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) February 14, 2021
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.
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) February 14, 2021
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