Announced today, via Igor Eronko, top Russian goaltender Ilya Sorokin has declined to sign an extension with CSKA Moskova from the KHL. His current contract expires on April 30th; when that happens, he is expected to sign his 1-year entry level contract (ELC) with the New York Islanders.
Drafted in the third round, 78th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Ilya Sorokin has been putting up great numbers in the KHL since the 2014-15 season. In his six seasons with CSKA, his GAA has never exceeded 1.61, and his save percentage never dipped lower than .929%. He made the playoffs five of his six seasons, with a Garigan Cup Championship in 2018-19, and was a five time All-Star.
KHL Awards For Ilya Sorokin
- All-Star Game 15/16, 16/17, 17/18, 18/19, 19/20
- Best GAA 15/16
- Best Goaltender 15/16
- First All-Star Team 15/16
- Gagarin Cup Champion 18/19
- Goaltender of the Month 15/16, 15/16, 17/18, 17/18, 18/19, 18/19, 19/20
- Goaltender of the Week 15/16, 16/17, 17/18, 17/18, 18/19, 18/19, 19/20
- Most Shutouts 18/19, 19/20
- Playoffs Best GAA 15/16, 18/19
- Most Playoff Shutouts 17/18, 18/19
- Playoffs MVP 18/19
This doesn’t account for his success at the international level. Sorokin won an Olympic gold medal in 2018, silver medal at the U20 World Juniors, and is a three time bronze medal winner at the World Championships. As you can see, Sorokin has dominated the KHL and is looking for the next challenge. Making his move to the NHL a little easier, his good friend Igor Shesterkin is already there. The two dominated the KHL together for a few years before Shesterkin made his move to the NHL this season. The writing has been on the wall about the next level of their competition since they were both drafted in 2014; Sorokin by the Islanders, and Shesterkin by the Rangers. A rivalry they take seriously.
Both young Russians seem ready to reignite their already heated rivalry in New York. Fans of both teams should be ready for a bright future of exciting hockey.