Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sergei Samsonov
In the fall of 1994, when he was just 16 years old, Sergei Samsonov became a name in Russia. He appeared in a friendly game between CSKA and the Russian All-Star team that toured Russia during the NHL lockout. It was the final game of the tour when the young forward scored his first goal.

A two-time member of Russia's World Junior team in 1996 and 1997, one day Samsonov in August 1996, without even saying goodbye to his buddies, Samsonov deserted CSKA and was soon seen playing for the IHL's Detroit Vipers. One season with the Vipers did him a lot of good. In the first game of the final series against the Long Beach Ice Dogs, Samsonov scored four goals. The team captured the Turner Cup, and he was voted the IHL's Rookie-of-the-Year.

His success in his first year with the Boston Bruins was hardly a matter of luck. The eighth overall selection in the draft, Samsonov registered 47 points on the strength of 22 goals and was rewarded for his strong play with the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

Samsonov did well in his second season in the NHL, which for a rookie is often much harder than the first and scored 25 goals. The third season began badly for Samsonov when one of his partners, Dmitry Khristich, moved to Toronto, and another partner, Jason Allison, was seriously injured. Eventually, however, Samsonov was able to improve his performance and achieve his usual scoring level, over 20 goals.

After establishing a career high 75 points in 2000-01, Samsonov was named to Russia's 2002 Olympic Team which competed and captured a bronze medal in Salt Lake City. Over the course of the next two seasons, injuries would plague the speedy and creative forward, and after suiting up for Team Russia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey Samsonov returned to Russia during the lock out year of 2004-05.

In 2005-06, the Bruins struggled and after trading their franchise player, Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks in the early stages of the season, Samsonov was the next big player to be moved. At the trading deadline in 2006, the Edmonton Oilers acquired the offensively gifted forward in hopes of adding some much needed offense to their club.

Samsonov and the Oilers snuck into the NHL playoffs and upset three divisional leading Western Conference clubs en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. Despite Samsonov's 15 points and creativity offensively, the Oilers lost the series in seven to the Carolina Hurricanes.

In the summer of 2006, Samsonov was signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens. As a member of the Canadiens Samsonov struggled to produce offensively, recording only 26 points in 63 games. As a result of his poor season in Montreal, Samsonov was dealt by the Habs in the summer of 2007 in exchange for Chicago's Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen.

After only 23 games in Chicago, Samsonov was placed on waivers by the Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes scooped up the former Calder Trophy winner. Samsonov would go on to tally 32 points in 38 games in Carolina and complete his 10th NHL season.

Though he started impressively with Carolina, he was never able to recapture the offensive flare he had in his first season and on February 28th, 2011, the NHL's trade deadline, Samsonov's time with the Hurricanes would come to an end. He was shipped to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Bryan Allen.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 CSKA Moscow 2 CIS-2 50 110 72 182
1994-95 CSKA Moscow CIS 13 2 2 4 14 2 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Russia EJC-A 5 2 4 6 0
1995-96 CSKA Moscow CIS 51 21 17 38 12 3 1 1 2 4
1995-96 Russia WJC-A 7 4 2 6 0
1995-96 Russia EJC-A 5 3 2 5 4
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 73 29 35 64 18 19 8 4 12 12
1996-97 Russia WJC-A 6 6 1 7 0
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 81 22 25 47 8 +9 6 2 5 7 0
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 79 25 26 51 18 -6 11 3 1 4 0
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 77 19 26 45 4 -6
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 82 29 46 75 18 +6
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 74 29 41 70 27 +21 6 2 2 4 0
2001-02 Russia Olympics 6 1 2 3 4 +1
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 8 5 6 11 2 +8 5 0 2 2 0
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 58 17 23 40 4 +12 7 2 5 7 0
2004-05 Russia W-Cup 4 1 2 3 0 +1
2004-05 Dynamo Moscow Russia 3 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 3 0
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 55 18 19 37 22 -3
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 5 11 16 6 0 24 4 11 15 14
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 63 9 17 26 10 -4
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 0 4 4 6 -7
2007-08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 2 1 0 1 0 -1
2007-08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 38 14 18 32 10 +6
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 16 32 48 28 -8 17 5 3 8 6
2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 14 15 29 32 -15
2010-11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 58 10 16 26 12 0
2010-11 Florida Panthers NHL 20 3 11 14 2 -2
NHL Totals 888 235 336 571 209 76 18 29 47 20


EJC-A All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
EJC-A - Best Forward (1995)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1997)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (IHL - Rookie of the Year) (1997)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1998) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2001)
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to wrist injury vs. Columbus, October 18, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), February 2, 2005. Traded to Edmonton by Boston for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and Edmonton's 2nd round pick (Milan Lucic) in 2006 NHL Draft, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 12, 2006. Traded to Chicago by Montreal for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen, June 16, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Carolina from Chicago, January 8, 2008. Traded to Florida by Carolina for Bryan Allen, February 28, 2011.
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