The New York Islanders could use a true number one goalie, and Ilya Sorokin might just be that guy. Unfortunately, he won’t be coming over here any time soon.
For many years the New York Islanders have been searching for that franchise changing goalie. Unfortunately, they haven’t had much luck finding a long-term solution between the pipes, which is one of the reasons they struggle to sustain success.
Since being selected in the third round of the 2014 draft, Sorokin has truly caught the attention of many in the know. This year, his fifth year with CSKA Moscow, he has an impressive .941 save percentage and a 1.19 goals against average.
At 23-years old, Sorokin is one of the best goalies in the KHL. Yesterday, Arthur Staple wrote how he believed that Sorokin could come over to the States as early as next year. Naturally, Islanders fans ran with it, feeling excited that Lou Lamoriello could potentially do the impossible; get Ilya Sorokin to the U.S.
That pipe dream lasted all of two hours. Shortly after the article went up, Igor Eronko who covers the KHL tweeted that Sorokin’s agent says that Ilya won’t move anywhere until his KHL deal is over.
Sorokin has one more year left on his deal, so the earliest we would see him is 2020-2021. Unfortunately, the Islanders need a solution sooner rather than later so it would be hard to imagine the Isles waiting another year before trying to find a more permanent solution.
The Sorokin dream is still alive, but it took a massive hit yesterday.
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