The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Ilya Samsonov from their AHL affiliate in Hershey, the team announced Thursday. The Caps’ first-round pick in 2015, Samsonov has posted a record of 19-14-5 with a 2.74 goals against average and a .896 save percentage in 36 games with the Bears this season. The 6-foot-2 goaltender recorded three shutouts and posted a 10-0-1 record from Jan. 12 through Feb. 27.
Samsonov, 22, was the first goalie selected in the 2015 draft but struggled to adapt to North American hockey.
The Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of their first-round playoff game Thursday night.
—Field Level Media