Ilya Samsonov ties long-standing Toronto Maple Leafs record

Ilya Samsonov ties long-standing Toronto Maple Leafs record

Ilya Samsonov’s time with the Toronto Maple Leafs has begun positively so far, so positively in fact that he has tied a franchise record that has stood since the late 1960s.
Through his first 13 games wearing the white and blue, Samsonov has been in impressive form with a 2.07 goals against average, while also sporting a .924 save percentage, ranking among some of the best goaltenders in the entire NHL. This has helped the Russian guide the Leafs to a solid 10-3-0 record, with two shutouts along the way. However, it is on home ice that he has truly shone so far.
Samsonov has begun his Leafs career with a perfect 9-0-0 record, which puts him into the history books for the franchise as it is the longest winning home stretch to start a season by a goaltender. The record, which is jointly held by Bruce Gamble, was set during the 1967-68 season, one year after the Leafs’ last Stanley Cup triumph, between October and January. Should Samsonov pick up a victory in his next home fixture, it will see him outright claim a unique franchise record after just a short time since arriving as a free agent this summer.
Samsonov’s efforts thus far have seen him already live up to the one-year, $1.8 million contract he signed p …

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Author: James Reeve / The Leafs Nation

Gustafsson nets hatty, Caps torch Leafs in Samsonov’s return to Washington: Muzzy Muzings

Gustafsson nets hatty, Caps torch Leafs in Samsonov’s return to Washington: Muzzy Muzings

Suffice it is to say, it wasn’t the return to Washington Ilya Samsonov was hoping for.
Erik Gustafsson netted a hat trick as the Capitals smoked the Leafs 5-2 to hand Toronto back-to-back regulation losses for the first time this season.
Classic. Guy doesn’t score for 32 games only to erupt for three goals…always against the Leafs, right?
Charlie Lindgren was outstanding, especially in the second frame when the Leafs outshot the Capitals 14-6. He made 34 stops to improve to 6-1-0 in his past seven outings. As for Samsonov, the 25-year-old surrendered five goals on 28 shots in his first back in D.C. since Washington elected to move on from him last summer. He fell to 9-3-0 on the season; that was his first loss since October 29th.
Meantime, Michael Bunting’s 10 game point streak came to an end. Also, Alex Ovechkin failed to score, he’s still one goal back of Gordie Howe for second all-time in NHL goal scoring.
Auston Matthews had one and one while Conor Timmins notched his fifth assist in the past three contests.
 
Muzzy’s Muzings:
TOUGH START & TOUGH FINISH
For the second straight outing, the Leafs were scored on first. Honestly, it reminded me a lot of Thursday night’s game in New York. They were just a bit off. And again, that’s going to happen from time to time; it’s a tough leag …

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Author: Nick Alberga / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Samsonov to a one year, $1.8M deal

As initially reported by Arthur Staple of The Athletic, Ilya Samsonov is a Leaf and the Leafs have two NHL goaltenders for the 2022-23 season.

Hearing #Leafs have agreed to terms with G Ilya Samsonov on a 1-year, $1.8 million deal.
Toronto has their guy to play alongside Matt Murray in tandem next season.@DailyFaceoff
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 13, 2022

The contract is a bit of a steal for the Leafs and has to make us feel pretty damned good. It’s less than we expected the Leafs to spend, but the idea of Toronto investing in goal on finding out if either one or both of Murray and Samsonov can be their answer in net makes a ton of sense.
Here’s what we know about Samsonov:

SEASON
GP
W
SV%
GAA
SO
SA
SV
QS%
RBS
GA%-
GSAA
ADJGAA
2019-20
26
16
0.913
2.55
1
689
629
0.591
2
96
2.3
2.72
2020-21
19
13
0.902
2.69
2
499
450
0.389
3
107
-3
2.96
2021-22
44
23
0.896
3.02
3
1145
1026
0.333
8
112
-12.5
3.1
CAREER
89
52
0.902
2.81
6
2333
2105
0.418
13
106
-13.6
2.96

By comparison to his team performance, Samsonov’s numbers are pretty much on track. No one has been dragging him down, in fact he seems he made things a little tougher on the Capitals.

Here are the rest of the numbers on Samsonov:

GP
XGA
GSAE
GSAE/60
SVAE
WAR
HDSV%
XHDSV%
HDSVAE
44
106.94
-12.1
-0.307
-0.006
-2.01
0.676
0.705
-0.029
These numbers don’t really inspire a lot of confidence. The confidence in Samsonov comes from draft pedigree, being a top prospect, and knowing that it often that 25-28 year range where goaltenders start coming into their own. Perhaps a change of scenery, a goaltender who played in Russia and knows Russian goaltenders, and a coach that worked under the goaltending coach that developed Sergei Bobrovsky might be what is leading to the Samsonov selection. If the Leafs took Matt Murray for Jon Elkin, it seems like they took Ilya Samsonov because they think he’s the right fit for Curtis Sanford.
From what I said a couple of days ago about Samsonov:
By the numbers, Samsonov doesn’t look like an enticing option, at least for the 2022-23 season, but there is something to be said for what comes beyond that. If he takes a step in the positive direction at all, and one can assume that it’s entirely possible, Samsonov could be the better long term solution while Murray serves as the best short term option. The fact that Samsonov has been able to get into more games than Murray as provides a bit of a safety net for that tandem, and if I’m to set the lowest possible bar, the Capitals managed to be a playoff team with Samsonov in net, surely the Leafs can as well.
None of this is a ringing endorsement for Samsonov, nor has there been too ringing an endorsement for Murray, but both represent attempts at finding something that can move the bar on the Leafs goal situation. And at the very least, perhaps the availability of Samsonov moves the bar on …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation