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New York’s Newest Russian Goaltender

Drafted 78th overall in 2014, Ilya Sorokin will finally be joining the Islanders main roster. He has been a well regarded prospect for the Islanders’ for a few years now. 

Sorokin’s former teammate in the Olympics, Igor Shesterkin, dazzled the league after posting a 10-2-0 record in his first 12 games with the Rangers.

It is easy to make comparisons to these two guys. Both were drafted in 2014, they both have KHL games under their belt from the last eight years and a lot of success in that league, and they both are Russians with a lot of expectations on their back.

Ilya Sorokin is obviously a very talented goaltender given his track record overseas. The Islanders were smart to bring him on but they were smart to start him off as a backup in his first season in North America.

Sorokin could replicate Shesterkin’s path and play incredibly right off the bat, it could be an Elvis Merzlikins situation where it takes months to get that first NHL win, or it could be anything else.

Each path of an NHL goalie is different and Sorokin’s path is one to be followed closely.

Sorokin has not played very much so far in this young NHL season but we never know when he might get a chance to play more and more games.

What do you think? Is Sorokin the answer for the Islanders?

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