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The Capitals turned a lot of heads in 2015 when they selected Russian goalie Ilya Samsonov with their first-round pick.

With Braden Holtby in tow, taking a goalie seemed like a risky move. Since then, however Samsonov has certainly justified the team's faith in him.

There's just one question: When will he come to North America?

Samsonov is currently under contract with his KHL team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, until 2018, but it appears he plans to leave once that contract is up.

The fact that he will remain in the KHL is not noteworthy given the agreement between the NHL and KHL in which both leagues have agreed to respect the other's contracts.

He was not expected to leave before 2018. The news here is that this seems to suggest he will be leaving once that contract is up.

After getting drafted by the Caps in 2010, Evgeny Kuznetsov signed a new two-year deal with his KHL team in 2012 thus delaying his NHL debut. 

While he ultimately did come to Washington when that contract expired, it highlighted the risk teams take when drafting Russian players. Ultimately, you don't know when they are going to leave the KHL.

For now it appears Samsonov is on track to come to North America in 2018, but a lot can change between now and then.

 

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