NHL Draft 2015: Ilya Samsonov

Ilya Samsonov
League: MHL
Size: 6’3 200 lbs
DOB: 22-Feb-97
SV%: 0.947

He is the best  Russian developed goaltending prospect since Vasilevsky.  His numbers seem to indicated that he is in the same range as Varlamov.  The only goalie in the same area is Rangers prospect Shestyorkin (.947 SV%) last years draft.  His scouting report say that he has the athleticism to match his frame.

From NHL.com’s Mike Morreale

  • The top European goaltender, 6-3, 200-pound Ilya Samsonov of Magnitogorsk in Russia, could turn out to be a steal for any team willing to take a chance.
  • He likely will be a fixture in net for Russia at the 2015 World U-18s. He is considered the best Russian goaltending prospect since Andrei Vasilevskiy
  • “He has good size and covers the net well,” Goran Stubb (NHL Director of European Scouting) said of Samsonov. “He plays at the top of the crease and effectively squares to the shooter. He shows good instincts and is well balanced. He can make acrobatic saves and is considered to be the best Russian goalie prospect in many years.”

Tweet from ISS – “Never quit attitude, recovery & athleticism are incredible. Air of confidence between pipes.”

Future Considerations: “Goaltender Ilya Samsonov played very well and looked like a solid NHL draft prospect with the size, athleticism and quickness NHL teams look for.”