After undergoing a successful inguinal hernia procedure and recovery over the summer of 2017, Caps goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov had a rough start to what may be his final season in the KHL. Samsonov’s statistics were not aided at all Metallurg’s having lost key personnel in the off season. Nor, we can speculate, did it help that he happens to be on the same team as one of the KHL’s all-time great goalies, Vasiliy Koshechkin. And there’s the little matter of the possible concussion Samsonov suffered in early November. That said, Samsonov played well down the stretch, and the available stats suggest the hype surrounding him last year may have been well-founded.