Player Review: Sergei Samsonov


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Sergei Samsonov has always been an ignigma in the NHL.  When the Bruins drafted him and Joe Thorton in the 1997 entry draft Samsonov was seen as the sure thing and the next great player in Boston.  However, that did not turn out to be the case.  Samsonov’s best season was in 2000-2001 when he scored 29 goals and assited on 46 others for a total of 75 points.  The next three teams Samsonov would play for would not be a good fit.  He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers at the deadline in 2006, where he would have 4 goals and 11 assists on the way to the miraclus Stanley Cup run which ended in a game 7 loss.  Then he went to both Montreal and Chicago which were utter failures and he was being booed.  In 2007-2008 the Carolina Hurricanes decided to take a chance on Samsonov and claim him on re-entry waivers.  It seemed to work as Samsonov had 14 goals and 18 assists the rest of the season as he seemed to find chemistry with Brind’Amour.  However, its not been the same since

In 2009-2010 Sergei Samsonov tallied a total of 14 goals and 15 assists for a total of 19 points while having a -15 plus/minus rating.  Granted there were not a lot of good plus/minus’s on the team this year but still it should not be an excuse for Samsonov.  Samsonov was one of the few players that had a pretty healthy season, but he tallied three less points than in 2007-2008 when he only played 38 games.  Samsonov has alwasys seen to be an ignigma throughout his career.  Samsonov has immense talent, but seems to over think to much causing him to make bad decisions and never truly turn into the player he was expected to be.

I believe next season may be Samsonov’s last season in a Hurricanes uniform.  Samsonov has not produced except for the half of a season after picked up on re-entry waivers.  The Hurricanes could get a much more efficent player to take his place in 2011-2012 at a much cheaper rate.

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