18 matches, 13 victories in regulation time, 2 shutouts, 92.8% save percentage, 1.77 goals against average
2 matches, 2 victories in regulation time, 92.3% save percentage, 2.01 goals against average
HOW THE SEASON TURNED OUT
Initially, Alexander Samonov started the 2019/2020 KHL campaign with Vityaz Podolsk, but the commanding goalkeeper was snapped up by SKA in October. At first, he lost his first two matches as a SKA player, however that didn't put him off. Following that tough start, Alexander soon found his feet in Saint Petersburg, performing well and earning a call-up to the senior Russian national team for the 2019 Channel One Cup.
Alexander received an injury in late December. Nevertheless, after returning to the ice, he quickly began demonstrating why he is so highly regarded in Russia. Following his comeback, Alexander gained two shutouts against Avangard Omsk and Spartak Moscow, standing out with his cool and calm approach.
Interestingly, when Alexander was included in the starting line-up by the coaching staff, SKA always registered a minimum of one point. Furthermore, he put together a 17-match winning streak, with the last two victories having been tallied in the Gagarin Cup first round playoff series against Vityaz.
"You can always learn something new, and I am continuing to learn," stated Alexander when giving an interview to the press in the season.