Ilya Sorokin recorded yet another shutout for the New York Islanders last night in their 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. It was his fifth shutout on the season in 35 starts. Year two has been very kind to Ilya Sorokin.
He is 17-11-7 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.37 goals against average on the year. There hasn't been a sophomore slump for him, in fact, he's taken a year two leap and is now clearly this team's number one goalie.
In fact, if you look at his numbers dating back to last year even he's been one of the most impressive goalies in the sport. His .921 save percentage is sixth in the NHL and his 2.29 goals against average over that span is fifth. Not only has he been #good, he's been pretty much elite.
Yes, Igor Shesterkin gets the recognition in this town, and it's easy to see why with his Vezina-like performance this year but that doesn't mean the Islanders don't have a franchise goalie, and a damn good one of their own.
Since the start of last year, only two more goalies hav more shutouts then him and that's Jacob Markstrom and Marc-Andre Fleury. Markstrom has 84 starts, Fleury has 75, heck even Phillip Grubauer who is tied with Ilya at eight shutouts has 79 starts.
Ilya Sorokin? 56. 14 percent of his starts over the last two years have been shutouts. That's wild. For reference, looking at Markstrom's 11 in 84 that is 13.1 percent and Fleury's 10 in 75 is 13.3 percent.
Eight shutouts before reaching 60 career starts is pretty impressive for Ilya Sorokin. The Islanders got a good one here and it looks like they have finally found their long-term solution in net after all these years.