Thursday, January 7, 2010

Samson to make NHL debut

Jerome Samson
(Photo by Jennifer Bock)

Jerome Samson will make his NHL debut tonight in Nashville after being recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time since joining the organization in 2007.

Samson has impressed fans, coaches and teammates alike this season with a regular display of offensive talent and determination. He leads the River Rats in scoring with 30 points (13 G, 17 A) in 38 games and tops the league with 169 shots on goal. 

Samson has skated in a total of 180 AHL contests, all with Albany. He has totaled 57 goals and 68 assists at the professional level. 

Samson was signed by Carolina as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He spent the previous three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and put up 99 points in 71 games during his final amateur year.

Samson will join a Hurricanes' team that is already loaded with Albany alumni. Brandon Sutter, Pat Dwyer, Zach Boychuk, Brett Carson and Jiri Tlusty will all be in the line-up this evening as the Canes face off against the Predators in Nashville.