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New York Islanders Daily: Ilya Sorokin Likely To Stay In KHL Through 2020

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ilya Sorokin #31 of Olympic Athlete from Russia warms up before the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game against Germany on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ilya Sorokin #31 of Olympic Athlete from Russia warms up before the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game against Germany on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin is expected to stay in the KHL through the remainder of his contract which ends in 2020.

This isn’t necessarily new information we’re learning about Ilya Sorokin, who was drafted by the New York Islanders back in 2014. In July, Sorokin extended his deal, which was supposed to expire after this year through the 2020 season.

Today, Slava Malamud, a Russian Writer had this to say on Ilya Sorokin:

"“A tremendous raw talent who tends to play a flashy game. Perhaps too flashy, but young goalies often go through this stage. He needs a lot of refining, but with good coaching and good experience could blossom into something special.”“In my opinion, he will play out his KHL deal. Goalies don’t need to hurry, and he isn’t keen on spending years in the AHL.”"

Unfortunately, that means the earliest we could see Ilya Sorokin in North America is 2020 when he will be 25 years old. Not that 25 is old by any stretch of the imagination, but it’d be nice to develop him over here before he hits the quarter-century mark in age. And that’s if Sorokin even chooses to come over at that time.

That’s why it seems like Linus Soderstrom is the prospect to get excited about. He could be a realistic option for the Islanders because he’s actually under contract and could be in the NHL by as early as next year.

The only issue is Soderstrom missed a ton of time due to injury. He’s played just 14 games this year and in those games, he has a 2.79 goals against average and a .894 save percentage.

It wouldn’t be the New York Islanders without goalie drama.

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