He went from Leafs goalie of the future to AHL dud.
That's just it, he was never all that highly regarded in juniors. The leafs nation and Canadian fans in general blew his world juniors performance way out of proportion. Any Canadian goalie who plays well there is dubbed the next big thing and you know how leafs fans get out of control what with every decent prospect being their savior. Just way overhyped, that's all.
I probably missed an update somewhere, but I thought for sure Samson would be down with the Checkers for the playoffs. Why isn't he playing?
He wasn't on their 22-man clear day roster. Only those listed on the clear day roster are able to compete in the remainder of the AHL season (when this list was submitted) and playoffs. If a team signs a junior/college player (for instance, Justin Faulk), after their respective junior/college seasons are complete, they are eligible to play.
The Checkers' Clear Day roster;
That surprises me- I remember a few years back the Bears were playing Portland in the conference finals. The Ducks got eliminated right before the series started so they sent down Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Dustin Penner to play as a line for Portland. I thought as long as you played a certain number of games that season in the AHL you were eligible. I guess I was wrong. Samson could really push the Checkers over the edge and make them a front-runner. Looks like the Canes just dropped the ball on that one.
I knew that Hershey had a few more veteran players than Charlotte so I went to calculate the average age of each roster. I don't mean to post this in an attempt to say "oh our team is better b/c we're younger" or to accuse Hershey of cheating or anything, by the way.
The average age of a Hershey Bear is 26.2 and the average age of a Charlotte Checker is 22.5. I thought for sure the disparity would be less than that.
Anyway, what is way more important is the win. Go get it done Checkers!
*These numbers are approximate. I assumed no one's birthday had ocurred so far this year.
** The Checkers' age is a hair less at 22.3 if you include Faulk.