A few hours after stopping 38 shots while backstopping the Russians to the IIHF World Juniors bronze medal, Ilya Samsonov was named to the tournament All-Star team by the media.
Samsonov was arguably Russia’s most valuable player in the tournament.
Individual Awards (selected by the directorate)
Best Goalkeeper: Felix Sandstrom, Sweden
Best Defenceman: Thomas Chabot, Canada
Best Forward: Kirill Kaprizov, Russia
Most Valuable Player (selected by the media)
Thomas Chabot, Canada
All-Star Team (selected by the media)
GK: Ilya Samsonov, Russia
DE: Thomas Chabot, Canada
DE: Charlie McAvoy, United States
FW: Kirill Kaprizov, Russia
FW: Alexander Nylander, Sweden
FW: Clayton Keller, United States
After a poor start to the tournament against Canada, Samsonov bounced back with five strong outings, including two shutouts against Denmark and Slovakia. In the semifinals against the Americans, Samsonov battled to stop 40 shots in the loss. Finally, in Thursday’s bronze medal game, Samsonov stopped 38 of 39 shots to lead the Russians to the overtime win.
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