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Fantasy Summary

Potential to be a well-rounded second-pairing defender that can be relied on to play in all situations effectively.


Observations

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June 2022 – Samorukov showed solid progression last season, his second in the AHL. The young defender saw his points total jump from 10 points in 47 games to 18 in 51 as he continued to take on more responsibility for the Condors. There might be some ruffled feathers between the player and the organization. Samorukov made his NHL debut this season as he played one game with the Oilers. In that game, one in which he flew his wife in to watch, Samorukov made a couple mistakes and ended up being benched after playing just 2:28. Not exactly a great message to send to a young player and then Samorukov was then sent back down to Bakersfield. In March, Edmonton re-signed the Russian rearguard to a one-year contract. The term is not exactly encouraging and with Samorukov being waiver eligible, it is tough to say what the plan for him this season will be. Despite likely needing at least one more season in the AHL before being a legitimate NHL option, if Samorukov does not see at least some NHL time, it is tough to see him wanting to return next year. Jameson Ewasiuk

 

October 2020 – Last season really brought the expectations for Samorukov back down to Earth. His final season in the OHL was excellent but his 10 points in 47 games as an AHL rookie last year showed that he is a solid prospect but by no means a sure thing. This season, the young Russian defender is on loan to CSKA Moskva and has had a strong start to the tune of two goals and five points in 11 games. Samorukov is not a dynamic offensive defender by any means but if he can continue to develop his offensive game, h