Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan is in Russia meeting with prospect Ilya Samsonov as part of a push to get the goaltender playing in North America next season, according to a source familiar with the situation. Washington drafted Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL draft, and he’s widely considered one of the best goaltending prospects in the world. His contract with Magnitogorsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League expires after this season, so it makes sense that MacLellan would want to ramp up negotiations with Samsonov’s camp and get him signed to play in the Washington organization next season. Because Samsonov, 20, is still under contract in the KHL, the Capitals cannot officially sign him until April 30, but a mutual agreement can be reached before then.
Caps GM Brian MacLellan meeting with prospect Ilya Samsonov in Russia
Washington Post | Dec 12