According to Darren Dreger, New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin has changed his North American agent.
Islanders fans have been collectively holding their breath ever since Ilya Sorokin became a free man. The KHL star has been available since the beginning of May but hasn’t signed yet due to ongoing discussions with the NHL and NHLPA.
Essentially, Sorokin is waiting to see if he can play for the Islanders and burn his ELC in 2019-2020 instead of having to wait to burn it next year. Some examples in the past of players doing this are Chris Kreider, Cale Makar, and Charlie McAvoy.
While there hasn’t been any new news in that regard, we did find out that Sorokin has changed his North American agent. According to Darren Dreger, Sorokin will be represented by Dan Milstein.
Milstein has clients such Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Zaitsev, and Vladislav Namestnikov to name a few. Additionally, Milstein was recently blacklisted by the Russian Hockey Federation in May. Why would you switch to a different North American agent and one that was blacklisted in Russia if you weren’t planning on coming over to North America?
There were rumors recently, that if Sorokin couldn’t come over to the NHL for this year (meaning 2019-2020) that he would likely re-sign in the KHL. KHL sources have debunked that rumor but with no NHL deal signed, it’s easy to see why the rumors would begin to circulate.
Sorokin signing on with Milstein all but confirms his plan to join the Islanders. Why would you align yourself with an agent that was blacklisted from the KHL if you were planning on staying? It just doesn’t make sense.
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We may still have to wait until we hear a definite answer on players joining for the 2019-2020 season but this seems to be an extremely positive sign for the Islanders who are hoping to land the star goalie.