Staggering Stat Shows Just How Bad Ilya Samsonov Has Been This Year

Dawson McKenzie
October 30, 2023  (9:22)

This crazy stat shows how Ilya Samsonov has been performing this year, and it's no surprise there is a goalie battle in Toronto.

Samsonov Among Lowest Save Percentage to Start Season in NHL History

Ilya Samsonov has not had the start to the season that Leaf fans had hoped for. Last year, he was able to take over the number-one spot from Matt Murray after he went out with an injury, and Leaf fans were hopeful that Samsonov would be able to repeat that success this year. After a long offseason, filled with arbitration hearings, Samsonov has yet to find his groove.
Now, the stats are showing that he has had one of the worst starts in NHL history. 6th worst, to be exact. Samsonov is sporting an ugly .841 save percentage, which places him 6th in the lowest save percentage in the first 5 games of a season.
Lowest Save Percentage in first 5 games played in a season, #Leafs history

1 - Vincent Tremblay (1979-1980) .810
2 - Mike Palmateer (1983-1984) .812
3 - Tim Bernhardt (1984-1985) .832
4 - Vesa Toskala (2009-2010) .836
5 - Ron Low (1972-1973) .840
6 - Ilya Samsonov (2023-2024) .841

Samsonov In Full Fledge Battle Mode for Starting Spot

Now, all the attention is on whether or not Joseph Woll should take over as number 1 for the Leafs. Woll has had the opposite start to the year that Samsonov has had, making some great saves and even coming into Samsonov's relief one game.
his name is Joseph Woll
Joseph Woll finishes with an overall .973 save percentage and a .923 high-danger save percentage (via Natural Stat Trick)
With the media in Toronto, all attention will be on how Samsonov responds to this battle. For Leaf fans, hopefully, the outcome is a formidable goalie tandem and not a reliance on a rookie starter.