While a smaller player, Samoskevich plays a big game. He excels in the offensive zone, reading the play well and driving the net with or without the puck. His offensive awareness is excellent, knowing how to find the open ice and finding the lanes to the net. He’s fearless in his drives to the net…
|Apr 10/21||Samoskevich Mackie||21924 – All-American Prospects Game||AAPG||by Austin Broad||View Report|
|Apr 9/21||Samoskevich Mackie||21917 – All-American Prospects Game||AAPG||by Shaun Richardson||View Report|
|Nov 26/20||Samoskevich Mackie||21377 – Chicago vs. Green Bay||USHL||by Ray Napientek||View Report|
|Nov 24/20||Samoskevich Mackie||21370 – Green Bay vs. Chicago||USHL||by FCHockey Staff||View Report|
|Nov 22/20||Samoskevich Mackie||21355 – Chicago vs. Muskegon||USHL||by Josh Bell||View Report|
|2021-2022||Univ. of Michigan||ncaa||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
While a smaller player, Samoskevich plays a big game. He excels in the offensive zone, reading the play well and driving the net with or without the puck. His offensive awareness is excellent, knowing how to find the open ice and finding the lanes to the net. He’s fearless in his drives to the net and in jumping into puck battles. With the puck in the offensive zone, his best trait might be his playmaking. He does this with a mixture of good puck movement, a level of deception, and that awareness of where everyone is on the ice. He does have a good shot as well, although he doesn’t utilize this as much. He has a quick release that can fool netminders. His skating is very good, showing fast and explosive movement with the puck through the neutral zone. He also has strong edges, utilizing them to create separation from opponents. His hands are so quick and strong, he can weave in and out of traffic without missing a beat. He positions the puck well in his hip pocket and knows how to best position it away from opponents. He has the hockey sense and poise with the puck to hold onto it a bit longer to allow the opposition to break down and allow lanes to open up. He plays with a great deal of composure and determination, while maintaining a high-tempo pace. Samoskevich is extremely dangerous in all situations, with the ability to play on both special teams. In the defensive zone, he has the ability and awareness to pick off passes, get in lanes, and disrupt plays. He can have shifts that are very strong in his own end, tying up opponents, battling hard, boxing players out, and regularly being in the right place. At the same time, he has a tendency to leave the zone early at even strength, looking to create offense. This can get him caught at times, leaving his team shorthanded in their own zone. Samoskevich’s biggest area of opportunity is to continue to build strength. He has the intelligence and skill to be a contributing player at the next level, adding more strength will be an important piece of the puzzle for him.