Ilya Sorokin
Ilya Sorokin
26-Year-Old GoalieG
New York Islanders
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Sorokin was blitzed for five goals by the Rangers in his NHL debut before allowing four or more goals just three times the rest of the season. His final numbers (13-6-3, 3 shutouts, 2.17 GAA, .918 save percentage) were exceptional behind a defensive-minded Islanders team. Sorokin was widely regarded as the best goaltender in the KHL prior to his arrival stateside and he worked extremely well in tandem with fellow Russian Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov has two years left on his contract and Isles coach Barry Trotz has always been a coach that uses both his goalies a ton, so Sorokin is looking at another timeshare. He has additional fantasy value in leagues that allow daily lineup changes as opposed to weekly. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension with the Islanders in September of 2021.
Signs extension
GNew York Islanders
September 1, 2021
Sorokin agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Islanders on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. The deal carries a $4 million cap hit.
ANALYSIS
Though he's already 26 years old, Sorokin just completed his first season in the NHL after starting his professional career in Russia. He played quite well in 22 regular-season appearances last year, posting a .918 save percentage and 2.17 GAA with three shutouts. Sorokin is probably behind veteran Semyon Varlamov in the Islanders' crease at the moment, but it's clear he's the goalie of the future for the team, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him emerge as a bonafide No. 1 netminder in 2021-22.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Sorokin has emerged as one of the NHL's most highly-anticipated prospects, regardless of position, over the past few years as he's absolutely dominated the KHL with CSKA Moscow. In 40 games with Moscow last season, the 2014 third-round pick registered a 26-10-3 record while posting an eye-popping 1.50 GAA and .935 save percentage. The 25-year-old Russian will finally be making his long-awaited voyage to North America in 2020-21, but he'll have to settle for a backup role behind Semyon Varlamov, at least to start the season. Coach Barry Trotz's defensively-sound system should make Sorokin's transition to the NHL a smooth one, and if he outperforms Varly early, Trotz likely won't hesitate to hand him the reins. Varlamov is still the far safer pick, but Sorokin's upside will be hard to pass up in the middle rounds of this year's fantasy drafts.
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Tagged for five goals in relief
GNew York Islanders
June 21, 2021
Sorokin came off the bench to stop 19 of 24 shots in an 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 on Monday.
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Makes brief relief appearance
GNew York Islanders
June 15, 2021
Sorokin stopped all six shots he faced in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2.
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Falters versus Bruins
GNew York Islanders
May 29, 2021
Sorokin yielded four goals on 39 shots in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1. The fifth goal was an empty-netter.
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Slated to start
GNew York Islanders
May 29, 2021
Per Andrew Gross of Newsday, Sorokin was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal on the road in Saturday's Game 1 versus Boston.
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Stays unbeaten in playoffs
GNew York Islanders
May 26, 2021
Sorokin stopped 34 of 37 shots Wednesday in a 5-3 win over the Penguins in Game 6.
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