Samorukov agreed to terms on a one-year deal with CSKA Moscow on Friday, Sport-Express.ru reports. Samorukov managed a mere 10 points in 47 outings with AHL Bakersfield this season as he struggled to translate his offensive game to the professional ranks. Selected by the Oilers in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old blueliner still has two more years left on his entry-level deal to try and make his return to North America as well as his NHL debut.
Samorukov notched a pair of goals in Guelph's 7-4 Game 3 loss to London in OHL playoff action on Monday. Samorukov's strong game (and series) were for naught as fellow Edmonton defensive prospect Evan Bouchard has London one game away from completing the sweep. Although his season is on life support, the Oilers have to be thrilled with the strides the big Russian made over the course of the year. He had his most productive offensive season (45 points in 59 games) to date for the Storm and logged significant minutes for Guelph in all situations. Not bad for the 84th overall selection in 2017.
Samorukov chipped in a pair of assists in OHL Guelph's 7-5 upset of London on Tuesday. Fresh off his second straight appearance for his native Russia at the World Junior Championship, Samorukov returned to Guelph and continued to pile up the points. The 2017 third-round selection now has 13 points in his last eight appearances for the Storm and is gaining traction as a legitimate prospect. Samorukov is a big kid (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) who has displayed an ability to contribute at both ends of the rink. Samorkuov figures to finish the season with Edmonton's AHL affiliate in Bakersfield once Guelph's campaign comes to an end.