New York Islanders former fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft forward Anatoly Golishev is rumored to be joining the Isles from the KHL this offseason.
When it comes to former New York Islanders draft picks plying their trade in Russia, there’s one name on everybody’s lips; Ilya Sorokin. To date, he’s dodged the NHL, and the Islanders, while firmly planting himself as the top goalie outside of the NHL.
But according to one rumor, it seems that New York Islanders former fourth-round pick in 2016, Anatoly Golishev, is planning on joining the Isles this offseason.
After the Jan Kovar failed experiment, I can understand how some fans aren’t going to celebrate another KHL import, even if he was drafted by the team just a few years ago.
Coming to America….maybe
Anatoly Golishev has 40 points in 59 games for Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist of the KHL this season. And that’s not even his best season. In his draft year, he put up 44 points in 56 games for Avtomobilist.
Great. Golyshev can score. Jan Kovar, who the Isles acquired as a free agent last offseason, was a point per game player in the KHL and he couldn’t crack an Islanders roster that desperately needed (and still needs) center depth. How could Anatoly Golyshev hope to do so?
Golyshev has some decent potential at the NHL level. Dobber Hockey’s PNHLe’s stat rates Golyshev as a just below average second line NHLer.
Golyshev might be on the smaller size (he’s 5’9″ 172lbs), but he’s a quick dynamic forward who knows how to find seems and gaps and has no problems finding the back of the net. On a team bereft of scoring like the New York Islanders he could be a welcomed, and cheap addition.
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Golishev could be a nice player to have on the roster come next season. Of course, this is just a rumor regarding a KHL player. They always need to be taken with a heavy grain of salt. But should it come true, the Islanders might have a handy player on their hands.