One of the Islanders' top prospects in G Ilya Sorokin looks like he's heading to New York next season.
According to Sports-Express' Igor Eronko, Sorokin has refused to sign an extension with his KHL team, CSKA, and will instead sign with the Islanders once his current deal expires on April 30.
A third-rounder of the Isles back in the 2014 NHL Draft, Sorokin has been playing exclusively in the KHL since 2012, first with Novokuznetsk Metallurg for three seasons followed by CSKA Moscow up until now. And he's been one of the top goalies in the league with a 1.50 goals against average during the 2019-20 season. He was also 4-0 in the playoffs with a 0.73 GAA this year.
Though Sorokin is a top prospect, the Islanders signed Semyon Varlamov to a four-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $20 million for last season. He should figure to remain the starter next season.
But Sorokin could immediately come in as his backup to start, with Thomas Greiss a free agent this summer. The 24-year-old, then, could begin his NHL transition -- one the Islanders hope will lead to a solid, young goaltender that can man the net for years to come.