The future between the pipes for the New York islanders seems to firmly rest in the hands of Ilya Sorokin. Unfortunately, he’s under contract in the KHL. How did the Islanders get here?
In 2014, the New York Islanders drafted Russian goalie Ilya Sorokin in the third round 78th overall. In 27 games for Novokuznetsk Metallurg, Sorokin averaged a solid 2.90 GAA and 0.911SV%. It wasn’t the video game-like numbers he’d put up later in his career, but again, solid.
Now, some five years later, Ilya Sorokin is putting up some insane numbers. He’s been absolutely dominant in the KHL with an average 1.96GAA and 0.928SV%. Last season he averaged a 1.16GAA and a 0.940SV%.
He’s easily the best goalie in the world not playing in the NHL. So why isn’t he here playing in the NHL just yet?
Matt and I spend half an hour discussing that very topic over on our Patreon page. Get this exclusive Patreon podcast here.
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Not only do we try to answer why Ilya Sorokin isn’t here in the NHL (it has to do with money), but we also spend time going over what’s happened in the last five years for the Islanders. How did we get to a place where a Russian goalie, who’s never played in North America, is the future in the blue paint for this franchise?
We also spend time entertaining the thought of: “what if he doesn’t come over?” Sorokin has been in the KHL for five years since the New York Islanders drafted him, what makes us so sure he’ll come to North America? (Again, money.)
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If Sorokin opts to stay in the KHL over the NHL what else is in the New York Islanders system that can fill the Sorokin sized gap in our franchise’s goaltending future?