After an impressive month with CSKA Moscow in the KHL, New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin took home the goalie of the month award.
Death, taxes, and Ilya Sorokin putting up wild numbers in the KHL. At this point it should be no surprise when you hear Ilya Sorokin’s name on this site or any other site that covers the Islanders/KHL.
He’s the best goalie outside of the NHL right now and it’s easy to see why. For January, he took home the goalie of the month in the KHL.
Over the month of January, he was 6-1 with a .941 save percentage and a 1.37 goals against average. That brings him to a .935 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average on the season.
After the season, his KHL deal runs out. He is faced with a decision of re-signing in the KHL or making the jump to the NHL and to sign a one-year ELC with the New York Islanders.
After that one year deal he becomes an RFA and can start making legit money in the NHL. While he would likely be giving up some money in year one, in the long run it makes more financial sense for him to come over to the NHL next year.
At this point, I’m not sure what’s left for him to prove in the KHL. It’s time for him to get paid, and come on over to the Island.
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