Capitals top goaltending prospect, Ilya Samsonov, has given up a lot of goals in his first two starts for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. Samsonov surrendered 5 goals against Canada on Monday and 3 goals against the United States on Thursday, giving the 19-year-old goaltender a 4.01 goals against average.
Yet, he’s been stunning in net. Samsonov has seen the second most shots of any WJC goaltender (74) and has the fifth-best (all strengths) save percentage at .892%. Samsonov’s numbers are poor because Russia’s defense has been shredded by better teams at even strength and dominated on the penalty kill, where Samsonov has given up 4 of his 8 goals.
Against the United States, Samsonov authored his most fantastic save of the tournament, stopping a gimme two-on-one goal with some weird, Dominik Hasek-esque flopping.
Two of the three Caps prospects at this year’s World Junior Championship, defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler and forward Damien Riat, got their tournament underway Tuesday as their Team Switzerland beat the Czech Republic 4-3 in overtime.
They both had huge games. Siegenthaler even assisted on Riat’s goal.
Caps prospect Shane Gersich just scored the most brilliant goal of his young career.
The 20-year-old sophomore earned an extra point for the No. 6 ranked University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks men’s hockey team after blacking out and scoring a brilliant spin-o-rama goal in three-on-three overtime.
Gersich was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The Washington Capitals rookies took on the Florida Panthers today at the IceDen in Coral Springs, Florida.
Just before the end of the second period, Capitals top prospect Jakub Vrana dropped his mitts for the first time in his career. He did not choose his first opponent wisely. Vrana fought Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk, a 2014 second round pick who calls Brad Marchand his favorite player. According to Hockey Fights, Hawryluk has punched faces four previous times.
Earlier this week, we took a look at all the Caps’ prospects that didn’t make the top 10. Today, we’re diving into the bottom half of the top 10. Here’s a look at prospects 10 through six.
For the purpose of this series, a prospect will be defined as an under-25 player in the Capitals system who was not on the team’s roster for the majority of last season. This allows us to focus on guys who many know little about. You will not see Stan Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, or Andre Burakovsky among others in this list.
The Washington Capitals have 28 prospects in their system who match the criteria set above. Below are those ranked 11 through 28.
Photo: Kyle Mace/Chocolate Hockey
While the Capitals had last night off, their minor-league AHL affiliate Hershey Bears delivered a shellacking to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Bears won 8-0, which included two goals 19 seconds apart. Per the AHL’s PR, it was Hershey’s largest margin of victory in a road shutout in the team’s 78-year history.
It was also a memorable night for one of the Capitals’ newest prospects. Via Chocolate Hockey, 18-year-old defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler scored his first AHL point in his first AHL game, assisting on a second period goal scored by Erik Burgdoerfer.
InGoal Magazine released its Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for the 2015-16 season. The Washington Capitals were well represented, featuring two draft picks in the top 20.
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