Off-season Armchair GM Thread Part IX
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08-21-2012, 04:50 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
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i wouldn't care if samsonov paid the sharks 30 million dollars to play for them, he is useless at every aspect of a team game. he is a one trick pony which he is not even really good at to begin with.
there is a reason that
samsonov has done nothing after his rookie season
, it is because once teams started to take notes and teams started to take away his time and space he has no other skill other then stick handling. he is a horrible passer, his shot is average at best to, he doesn't have the size to hit, he doesn't have the size to hold onto the puck for possession.
i would take nash with any trade needed to get him (minus couture), then have samsonov on this team at 1 million a year. heck i would take semenov at forward before i would take samsonov.
Umm, who are you talking about?
97-98 22g 25a 47p in 82 games (rookie season)
98-99 25g 26a 51p in 79 games
00-01 29g 46a 75p in 82 games
01-02 29g 41a 70p in 74 games
05-06 23g 30a 53p in 74 games (split btw Boston and Edmonton)
08-09 16g 32a 48p in 81 games (playing partly on the 3rd line IIRC)
In 76 playoffs games of 7 seasons he has 18a, 29a, 47p for .62ppg. Even in 10-11, which he split btw Carolina and Florida, he was still a 40 point player. And that was despite playing 3rd-4th line (11-15 minutes per night) minutes in Carolina. Once he got to Florida and was playing top 6 minutes (17-21 minutes a night), in 20 games he put up 3g and 11a for 0.85ppg (on a new time with new line-mates to boot).
Samsonov is small and does not play a physical game. But if you think he's a terrible passer, you just haven't seen the guy play much. And "average" shots aren't usually ~20g per season players (if they have a fully healthy season). Heck, even in his injury-riddled seasons, of which there have been quite a few, Samsonov has gotten pretty close to 20 goals in most of them.
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