Samsonov entered the NHL with a boom. Displaying impressive stickhandling ability and terrific shiftiness, he was named Rookie of the Year. A wrist injury suffered during the 2002-03 season was the beginning of the end for the Russian winger. The following year, knee and rib injuries slowed him down further, and the old Samsonov never really returned.
- 2011-02-28 • Traded to the Florida Panthers for Bryan Allen
- 2008-04-16 • Signed to a three-year contract extension by the Carolina Hurricanes
- 2008-01-08 • Claimed off waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes
- 2007-06-16 • Traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Jassen Cullimore & Tony Salmelainen
- 2006-07-12 • Signed to a two-year contract by the Montreal Canadiens
- 2006-03-09 • Traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny & a 2006 2nd round pick (Milan Lucic)
During the 2006 Edmonton Oilers' run to the Finals, the newly acquired Samsonov played on a line with Jarret Stoll and Radek Dvorak.