Islanders goalie prospect, Ilya Sorokin recorded his 55th career shutout in the KHL. Is he NHL bound after this year?
Ilya Sorokin has accomplished just about everything he can in the KHL. The New York Islanders 2014 third-round selection has been putting up video game numbers in the KHL for a half-decade at this point.
Yesterday, Sorokin recorded his 55th career shutout in the KHL. That brings him to a .934 save percentage and a 1.54 goals against average on the season.
It’s been well documented that he is likely going to be offered an extension from CSKA Moscow, where he’s played since the 2014-2015 season. The question becomes whether or not he will take that deal.
CSKA can offer him more money next year than what he can get in the NHL on a one-year ELC. After that, Sorokin can make much more money in the NHL. Will he be willing to sacrifice a year at $950,000 in order to make millions the following year and beyond?
I don’t want to get in his pocket or make the decision for him but like I said early, I’m not sure what else he has to prove at the KHL level. Long-term, he can make more money coming to the NHL but maybe he wants to wait until he hits UFA.
Based on everything that he’s said, it appears like he would be willing to come over for a Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz Islanders team. Now, we have to anxiously wait to see how much of Semyon Varlamov’s friendship with Sorokin matters.
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