would rather have Prucha and Straka on the left side than him and lack a second line centerman - further, wouldn't want the cap hit. I've watched a good deal of Montreal's games this season, and he hasn't been good at all.
He's not the same player he was a few years ago. Although he was okay last year. But something has changed...I don't know. Maybe the injuries? I've read that they're saying he has like 25% body fat or something crazy like that. Really out of shape.
I also read that he's become more of a perimeter player who is reluctant to go towards the net. Now I know he was never a net-crashing power forward, but I do recall seeing him use his incredible shiftiness and stickhandling to weave his way into the slot to create scoring chances. If he's completely stopped doing that now then that's definitely a problem.
The team needs a 2nd line center, not another LW. If I were an NHL GM I'd stay away from Samsonov this year with the bad season he's having. Then wait to see what happens over the summer. Maybe if he gets himself in shape and rediscovers his drive over the summer then you take a chance on him by trading for him or signing him if Montreal buys him out. Or waives him again. But he's not what the Rangers need.
what all of you forget is that SAMSONOV IS A CENTER!
Samsonov played Center most of his career with Boston!
I would love to take him...the problem is the teams ahead of us in waiver priority would probably grab him
I don't think he ever played center in Boston. During his time there they had guys like Jason Allison, Joe Thornton, Tim Taylor, Brian Rolston, Jozef Stumpel and for a short time Nylander at center. Samsonov was a left wing.
Samsonov is a wing. In his best years he was "Jarg lite" both in terms of his game as well as body weight. No one ever consider him as a solution to 2C vacancy on NYR. The can hardly skate as a wing this season. Centre is much more demanding position as far as intensity...
Besides Sather already solved 2C problem for the Rangers. We've got Avery.
This is why I never get too bent out of shape over who makes the NHL first or when a guy even makes the NHL at all.In the end even a guy who nets 70 points as a 24 year old could be a waiver guy within a few seasons.
Just something to keep in mind for all of us.
Something you should bring up when discussing Jessiman...Oh wait a second...