New York Islanders Prospect Ilya Sorokin Wins KHL Goalie of The Week

By Matt O'Leary
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 05: Defenseman Dmitri Yudin
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Former New York Islanders draft pick Ilya Sorokin is on a tear in the KHL. He won the KHL Goalie of the week this past week.

New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin has had a bounce-back year in the KHL with CSKA Moskva. In 2015-2016 he burst onto the scene in the KHL with video game stats. He had a .953 save percentage and a 1.06 goals against average.

As a 20-year old in the KHL that’s impressive to see. He followed that up with a .929 save percentage and a 1.61 goals against average. Those numbers are still solid, but it’s clearly a step back in year two.

Luckily, in year three Sorokin has regained his previous form. He has a .935 save percentage and a 1.39 goals against average through 32 games this year.

His play has yielded him the KHL goalie of the week. Through three games this week he stopped 61 of 62 shots faced against.

Ilya Sorokin is an interesting prospect. He looks to be extremely talented and he came over a couple years ago for minicamp, but the question is will he ever return? Will we see him suit up at Barclays or Belmont? Or is this another lifelong KHL player that the Islanders will never get to see come to fruition.

The Islanders have two prospects in net one is Linus Soderstrom who is signed to a contract by the Islanders and Ilya Sorokin who is still in the KHL.

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If I was a betting man, I’d assume Sorokin stays in the KHL, he did just extend there. But there’s my sliver of hope that Ilya comes over and saves the goalie situation. You have to find the goalie of the future eventually right? I hope.