Yes I think the consensus has always been that Samsonov was a very similar version of Petrov with the same kind of moves and game only with a much better hockey sense.
I liked Petrov and am glad we got ourselves an other player as fun to watch as him only more effective.
Now I don't know about the goals, we should not get carried away, because no matter who Samsonov plays with, he's no scorer, he's a playmaker, but he'll entertain me even during boring games, just like Kovalev can, and he'll probably produce at a higher pace than any of Zednik or Bulis could have, so I'm happy.
Samsonovs hockey sense isn't better than Petrov's, his skills are. He's faster, has a better variety of better shots, dishes out better passes etc. But Petrov is ahead in the hockey sense compartment.
I don't agree with that at all. If there was one thing Petrov was known for, it was not knowing where he was going on the ice. He would just dispee-doodle like a water bug until he'd paint himself into a corner and watch the play die.
Samsonov has much better anticipation and passing skills (which implies a better hockey sense) than Petrov IMO.