New York Islanders Prospect Ilya Sorokin Continues To Dominate KHL
The New York Islanders who are currently carrying three goalies seem to have another gem in the KHL. Ilya Sorokin is putting up crazy numbers.
Ilya Sorokin, the New York Islanders 3rd round selection from 2014 has been killing it so far this year in the KHL. Through 24 games the Islanders prospect is posting a 15-4-4 record and a 1.40 GAA.
His numbers for 2016-2017 have been impressive but the 21-year old’s 2015-2016 season is what put him on the map. Sorokin was 17-7-4 with a .953 sv% and a 1.06 GAA.
The issue with KHL players is that it’s tough to get them to come over here. Sorokin’s contract expires in 2018 so the earliest we could see Sorokin is the 2018-2019 season.
So although he looks like the future goalie for the New York Islanders they have to plan accordingly for the remainder of this year and next year. That’s why I think it’s wasteful to carry three goalies on this roster.
Garth Snow has to chose two of the three goalies. It makes the most since to move Jaroslav Halak and you can get by with the Thomas Greiss and J.F. Berube combo for the remainder of this year and hopefully next year as well.
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Halak hasn’t played bad this year, he actually has looked very good at times, this should only help his trade value. Who knows what they could really get for him but the Islanders desperately need to shake the roster up.
The dream would be to sign Greiss to a short term deal after this year. He’ll be your starter for next year and then in 2018 if Sorokin decides to come here which is a strong possibility you ride the Greiss/Sorokin combo.
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Will his numbers translate to the NHL? Most likely not at the level he has been in the KHL because those numbers are insane, but he’s got the makings of being a solid NHL goalie for sure. It’s kind of sad that we’re only in November and we’re talking about the future that’s two years away.