Rumors are Tyler Seguin will be highly sought after in NHL free agency next summer and before he gets to that point the Dallas Stars want to re-sign him to a long-term contract. Considering what Seguin stands to lose if he doesn’t wait, speculation is, he may hold off on signing and cash in when a bidding war begins.
Tyler Seguin is poised to become the story of NHL free agency next summer. A center with five consecutive seasons of 72 points or more, Dallas would love to get him signed right away and lock up their franchise center to a long-term deal. Unfortunately for Dallas, Seguin seems to know what that kind of production is worth in today’s NHL and may choose to hold off on an extension until he can maximize his value.
NBC Sports’ James O’Brien believes Seguin may choose to wait until next summer to sign. O’Brien contends that Seguin will not only want to see how the Stars do this coming season before committing and staying with a potentially struggling team and a new coach but that financially, he stands to make far more money if he waits and lets a bidding war for his services begin.After what happened this summer with names like John Tavares, it makes sense Seguin would want to wait. Tavares received an $11 million per season deal from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that was actually a discount over what he could have gotten had he stayed with the New York Islanders. At the very least, Seguin should fetch the same return if he produces another 70-80 point season in Dallas this year.
If he were to sign now, the chances Seguin would hit that $11 million mark is slim.
NHL players often get overpaid in free agency when multiple teams are bidding for them. Should Seguin wait, there is no doubt he’ll be one of the better-paid players in the NHL. One question worth asking though, would $11 million or more really be an overpayment for Seguin who has shown himself over the course of eight seasons to be one of the elite centers in hockey?
With neither the Detroit Red Wings nor the Buffalo Sabres playing postseason hockey next month, both teams are focusing on younger players who can help them down the road.
A pair of teams looking to post rare back-to-back wins square off when the Red Wings visit the league-worst Sabres on Thursday night.
Detroit (28-38-11) won for only the second time in 15 games after stunning the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Tuesday.
Perhaps the happiest player on the Red Wings was undrafted defenseman Joe Hicketts as he collected two assists for his first NHL points in only his second career game.
“I thought as the game went on, I got better and that’s all I want to do,” said Hicketts, who at 5-foot-8 clearly doesn’t have the size of a prototypical blueliner. “Second period, I kind of knew what I wanted to do. … In the third, I thought I really brought what I wanted to bring.”
Niklas Kronwall, playing in his 869th game — all with the Red Wings — picked up his 400th career point and praised the young player from British Columbia.
“His energy is contagious, and I think that speaks for his character and the person that he is,” the 37-year-old Swede said.
Hicketts could be part of the next Red Wings core of young stars that includes center Dylan Larkin (team-high 56 points), and wingers Anthony Mantha (top goal scorer with 23) and Andreas Athanasiou (31 points).
Detroit, which has lost two of three to Buffalo this season including a 1-0 setback Oct. 24 in Western New York, is out of the playoffs in consecutive campaigns for the first time since 1982 and 1983.
“We’ve worked extremely hard, we’ve competed hard, we’ve actually played good hockey and haven’t won, and that’s been tough,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.
Detroit is in position to win two straight for the first time since Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, and there may not be a better opponent to do that against than Buffalo (24-40-12) which is likely headed to a last-place finish in the Atlantic Division for the fourth time in five seasons.
The Sabres snapped a four-game slide Monday with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs behind two goals from Jack Eichel. The second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft leads Buffalo with 24 goals and 56 points.
Eichel, who missed 15 games earlier this season with an ankle injury, needs two points to set a career high and three assists for 100 in his career.
Thursday’s game will mark the Sabres debut of center Casey Mittelstadt, who was selected eighth overall in last summer’s NHL Draft, and had 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 34 games with the University of Minnesota this season.
“I’m going to try to approach it like any other game I’ve played,” Mittelstadt told the Buffalo News. “…That’s why I’m here. I’m here to learn, and I’m here to get ready for next season.”
Buffalo will be looking for Mittelstadt to make an immediate impact. The Sabres have been outscored 11-1 in a three-game losing streak at KeyBank Center.
Robin Lehner is 2-1-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .951 save percentage for Buffalo versus Detroit this season. However, the eight-year veteran has surrendered eight goals over his last two starts.
The Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard has lost six straight road starts while posting a 3.60 GAA. He is 3-1-1 with a 1.43 GAA all-time in Buffalo.
Backup Jared Coreau is 0-7-2 with a 4.57 GAA in 11 starts since blanking the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 16, 2017. He’s never faced the Sabres.
The Edmonton Oilers are officially out of the playoff hunt, making this season one of the most disappointing in recent history.
The Edmonton Oilers have had some pretty awful seasons. For the better part of the last decade, they’ve been the butt of everyone’s jokes. However, after making it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year, everyone thought the Oilers were finally on the right track. It turns out they weren’t, as this season has arguably been their most disappointing in team history.Now, as far as point percentage, sadly their .473 point percentage (as of March 22) is one of their better ones in recent years. But if you consider the great expectations the Oilers had going into this season, it’s hard to say this season has been anything short of a massive disappointment.
Let’s take a look at the top three reasons why Edmonton went from Stanley Cup contenders to inevitable draft lottery winners.
Honorable Mention: Injuries
Injuries to Oscar Klefbom and Andrej Sekera left the Oilers shorthanded on their blueline. The fact that Edmonton knew the former was injured, saw him play poorly, and still let him play magnified this.
3. Peter Chiarelli’s No Good, Very Bad Trades
Last offseason, I ranked every general manager. People thought Peter Chiarelli, at 17, was ranked too low. Perhaps now people will think he was ranked too high. Yes, Chiarelli won a Stanley Cup. But let’s face it, that was a lockout ago.
It’s hard to argue Chiarelli has been anything but bad for the Oilers. He had Connor McDavid fall into his lap. The Oilers made the playoffs once during his entry-level contract, which is embarrassing.
Two trades, in particular, stand out when judging this year’s team. The first? Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson. This wasn’t a god awful trade. At least Larsson is a pretty decent defenseman. But consider how much the Oilers struggled to score this year. Hall would have helped immensely.
The worst trade, though, happened in the summer of 2017 – Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome. This move made no sense back then and it might make even less sense now. Strome has 33 points in 73 games (as of March 22) while Eberle has 25 goals and 51 points for the Islanders.
Factoring in Chiarelli’s lack of moves to account for Sekera’s injury and the baffling four-year deal for Kris Russell and his moves definitely hurt the team.
Five takeaways from the Florida Panthers’ 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night at the BB&T Center.
1. History at home. The Panthers won their eighth home game in a row, setting a record for the 25-year-old franchise.
Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck scored in the shootout for Florida. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 34 saves through overtime and made two more in the shootout.
Jonathan Huberdeau had one goal and one assist, and Trocheck also had two assists. Frank Vatrano and Jamie McGinn also scored for Florida.
2. Trade pays early dividend. Right winger Vatrano, who was acquired from the Boston Bruins on Feb. 22, was impressive in his Panthers debut.
Now only did he score the goal, but he had a game-high-tying five shots and was plus-one for the night.
Vatrano had been out of the lineup due to an ankle injury, but he played a career-high 19:05, skating on the second line with Trocheck and Huberdeau.
“I haven’t played in about a month,” Vatrano said. “It was probably the most minutes I’ve played in two years (since his AHL days).”
With 8:13 gone in the second period, the Panthers extended their lead to 2-0 on the goal by Vatrano, who scored on a one-timer from the slot while receiving a pass from Trocheck.
The Panthers have high hopes for Vatrano, a 23-year-old who scored 10 goals in 44 games with the Bruins last season.
He scored 36 goals in 36 AHL games in 2015-2016, compiling 55 points, and Panthers scouts surely saw that when making the move to acquire him in exchange for a third-round pick this June.
3. The Panthers are more than just good at home. They are the hottest team in the NHL since Jan. 30, going 15-3-1 in their past 19 games regardless of venue.
Another good sign for the Panthers was that they won on a night in which they did not play particularly well. Luongo said he was upset at himself for the two third-period goals he allowed.
The first of those, by Mika Zibanejad just 17 seconds into the third period, and it was soft. Zibanejad scored off the rush, beating Luongo short side with a backhander. But Luongo wasn’t screened and should have had a clean look at the puck.
“I wasn’t too happy with my third period,” Luongo said. “I thought I should have had both of those.”
Another Panthers star, Barkov, also played below his extremely high level. Through overtime, Barkov took just one shot and was minus-one for the night. He atoned with his shootout goal, but it still was far from his best game.
4. The Devils made them do it. The Panthers (75 points) put the pressure on the Devils, who played later Saturday night.
Although the Panthers are also chasing the Columbus Blue Jackets (77 points), the Devils figure to be easier prey: The Devils on Saturday started a six-game road trip that swings way out west (Vegas Golden Knights, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks) and then crosses back east to face the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Devils could be crushed by the time this trip is done. And the Panthers, with three games in hand, figure to take advantage.
5. Forget the power play. This is a power couple. Emily Pfalzer, who won a gold medal last month as part of the USA women’s hockey team, dropped the ceremonial first puck preceding Saturday’s game.
Pfalzer, who is dating Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson, talked to the media at the BB&T Center after Saturday’s first period.
“It’s awesome to share this (experience) with Mike,” she said. “To be celebrated and to grow women’s hockey is amazing.”
A native of Buffalo, Pfalzer said meeting Serena and Venus Williams was a highlight of her post-Olympic media blitz, which also included trips to Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC and Tampa.
As for the Panthers recent run of success, Pfalzer said: “I’ve been on the road, but I try to catch as many games as possible. To see them on their win streak is awesome.”
Matheson, by the way, played a strong game on Saturday with five shots on goal. He also drew a penalty that led to a Panthers goal.
After having about 36 hours to dwell on one of the most disappointing performances in recent memory, the Chicago Blackhawks start a rare weekend with back-to-back matinée games Saturday afternoon when they face the Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles comes into this one on a three-game winning streak, which includes back-to-back wins over the Vegas Golden Knights, a sentence that would not have seemed all that impressive six months ago. But with the Golden Knights leading the Pacific Division, those wins helped close the gap between Vegas and LA. The Kings trail the Golden Knights by 10 points with 17 games to play and Vegas has a game in hand, so catching that team seems unlikely. However, that recent surge has helped LA jump Anaheim for third place in the division. Staying there (or jumping into second) could keep LA from having a wild card berth that could send them through the meat-grinder that will be the Central Division playoffs. One recent development that has LA thriving again? The return of forward Jeff Carter, who’d been out with an injury since October but has scored once in each of the last three games for the Kings.
For the Blackhawks, a redemptive performance is needed in the worst way after a disastrous Thursday night blowout against the San Jose Sharks. Odd-man rushes were flying off the shelves at a discount rate for San Jose, who seemed to cash in on every one of them. Jean-Francois Berube gave away a goal at the end of the second period, but that was after the Chicago defense had left him with no chance to make a save on the previous five tallies. In response, coach Joel Quenneville has gone to the nuclear option on the top line, putting Patrick Kane on the right wing opposite Brandon Saad and next to Jonathan Toews. Alex DeBrincat and Vinnie Hinostroza are wingers on a line centered by Nick Schmaltz, while Anthony Duclair and Tomas Jurco team up with Artem Anisimov on the third line. On the blue line, Duncan Keith skates with Connor Murphy, a pairing of what’s been the two top-performing D-men in Chicago this season and seems like it could be the top pair into next season. So that is certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Without a morning skate, there’s no word on who’s in net for the Hawks, but the assumption here is that Anton Forsberg will get the nod after Berube was saddled with the loss on Thursday. But it’s the 18 skaters rotating in front of net who’ll need to play significantly better during the final month of the season, even if there’s no postseason to be played for.
In search of salary cap space, the Wild traded Minnesota native Mike Reilly to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, marking the end of the 24-year-old blue liner’s career with his homestate team.
Reilly had 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in 38 games with the Wild this season, and carried a $725,000 cap hit, which the Wild will now be relieved of.
A standout with Academy of Holy Angels in high school and the University of Minnesota in college, Reilly was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round in 2011. He hit the open market after failing to reach a deal with the team after the 2014-15 season and instantly became one of the most sought-after collegiate free agents.
He signed a two-year, $1.85 million contract with the Wild on July 1, 2015 after a sweepstakes that featured him meeting with as many as 10 teams. He re-signed with Minnesota on July 1, 2017 for $1.45 million over two years before falling out of the rotation this season.
“I think we all felt that it would work better than what it did, and that’s not a reflection on him at all,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “We were fortunate to get him, but I think at some point it’s important to do the right thing, too. If it’s not going to work here, we needed to give him a chance to get his career going.”
Besides that trade, the Wild didn’t pull the trigger on any other moves despite rumors swirling around Matt Cullen and a potential reunion with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins
Fletcher smiled when asked whether Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford was uber aggressive in trying to get Cullen. He added that the front office had “some interesting conversations” with teams, stopping short of divulging any details of those discussions.
“From our standpoint, our goals going (into the trade deadline) were pretty modest in large part because we like the way our team’s been playing the last little while,” Fletcher said. “To pay big prices right now, from a salary cap perspective, it wasn’t possible to get involved in some of the players.”
Still, with top-tier Central Division teams loading up on Monday — the first-place Nashville Predators flipped a first-round pick for center Ryan Hartman early in the day and the second-place Winnipeg Jets followed suit by trading a first-round pick for center Paul Stastny — there could have been pressure for the Wild to feel like they had to make a big splash to keep up.
Did they feel that pressure in the war room?
“Not at all,” Fletcher said. “We knew some of these teams would make big pushes. For us, it’s about our group. If we play the way we can play, we’re a very competitive team.”
Plus, as far as Fletcher was concerned, the asking price for some of the high-end rental players was going to be too much. He made it very clear that the team’s first-round draft pick this summer “wasn’t in play” this season after he traded a first-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes last season to acquire Martin Hanzal and Ryan White.
“We took (the first-round pick) away from (our scouts) last season — I did,” Fletcher said. “It was important for them to have a first-round pick (this season).”
After trading Reilly and allowing Chris Stewart to be claimed off waivers by the Calgary Flames, the Wild have about $2.63 million in salary cap space, which should allow them to call up Luke Kunin from the minors at some point as well as sign Jordan Greenway out of Boston University once his college season ends.
“We have players that can bring some youth and some energy and some grit,” Fletcher said, saying that type of flexibility was something the team lacked last season. “We had a really tough stretch (last March), and I just remember thinking it’d be great if had a 20- or 21-year-old we could bring in to maybe give us a shot in the arm.”
That will be an option this time around. But the biggest takeaway from the trade deadline is that Fletcher left the core of the team in tact, essentially betting on a group that has been one of the best teams in the NHL over the past 3 1/2 months.
“I believe in this group,” Fletcher said. “I think they’ve earned the right to show what they can do.”
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers scored twice in the first 1:28 of the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and they held on to beat the Canadiens 5-3 Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. Jakub Voracek scored a power-play goal 27 seconds into the period to snap a 2-2 tie. He beat Carey Price with a high shot to the glove side after taking a cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux. Travis Konecny provided what turned out to be the winning goal at 1:28 when he scored his second goal of the night and 13th of the season. Shayne Gostisbehere’s shot from the blue line managed to slip through Price’s pads and Konecny reached behind the goaltender to push the puck into the net. Giroux’s assist on Voraecek’s goal gave him three points — a goal and an assist — on the night while Gostisbehere had three assists.
Last-ditch effort: The Canadiens made it close when Brendan Gallagher scored his 19th goal on a power play with 2:54 to play, but Ivan Provorov scored into an empty net.
Price’s road woes continue: Price has lost his last seven road starts, but it should be noted that he hasn’t enjoyed a lot of offensive support over that stretch. The Canadiens have scored only six goals in those games and the Philadelphia game was the first game in which the Canadiens have scored more than one goal.
Konecny connects: After neither team was able to muster a goal in the first period — the Flyers outshot the Canadiens 10-9 — Philadelphia took the lead at the 42-second mark of the second period. Sean Couturier picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and found Claude Giroux on the left wing. Konecny breezed past Jonathan Drouin on the right side and was in front of the net when he redirected a pass from Giroux past Price.
Action-filled minute: The Canadiens tied the score at 1-1 when Artturi Lehkonen scored a short-handed goal at 9:09 of the second period. Lehkonen, who scored twice in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Ottawa, took the puck away from Voracek at centre ice and then ripped a shot past Brian Elliott. It was Lehkonen’s fifth goal. But there was still time remaining in Byron Froese’s penalty for slashing Michael Raffl, and Giroux restored the Flyers’ lead when he scored on a shot from the point at 9:37. It was Giroux’s 16th goal of the season.
All tied up after two: The Canadiens managed to tie the score at 2-2 when Logan Shaw scored on a backhander at 18:39 of the second period. This was yet another example of hard work from the fourth line as Shaw, Froese and Nicolas Deslauriers battled to keep the puck in the Flyers’ zone. It was Shaw’s fourth goal of the season and his second as a Canadien.
Specialty items: The Flyers scored twice on four power-play opportunities and had eight shots on goal. The Canadiens were 1-for-3 and have scored six power-play goals in the their last three games.
Looking ahead: The Canadiens are back at the Bell Centre to face Alexei Emelin and the Nashville Predators with a cameo appearance by noted philanthropist P.K. Subban (7 p.m., Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports, TSN-690 Radio). The Canadiens go back on the road next week for a four-game trip which begins Wednesday in Colorado. They play Thursday in Arizona, Saturday in Las Vegas and finish up back in Philadelphia on Feb. 20.
After a physical game against the Rangers, the NHL Department of Player Safety to hold a hearing regarding Nashville Predators’ Forsberg hit.
If you missed last nights game between the Nashville Predators and the New York Rangers, you missed out on a brawl. With Cody McLeod returning to Bridgestone Arena after being released last week a fight was expected. Not that there is bad blood between McLeod and the Predators, but because it is McLeod’s method.
Other than a late hit on Austin Watson, the expected fight never came to fruition. But, from the moment the puck dropped you could sense a physical battle was to ensue. And it did.
From the start of the game, Rangers’ defensemen Anthony DeAngelo stirred things up. With hits and shoves after whistles were blown, it was clear he was there to pick a fight. He went after Calle Jarnkrok and Scott Hartnell within the first 10 minutes of the opening period. From there, things became ugly.
Miikka Salomaki threw some salty hits along the boards. Alexei Emelin laid Marc Staal in the corner boards. Staal played the puck and lowered his body as Emelin came in for a hit. Emelin’s shoulder connected with Staal’s head, which then hit the edge of the wall. This drew the ire of Rick Nash, according to the New York Post.
“Headshots, they have to be taken out of the game. It’s embarrassing,” Rick Nash told The Post. “I don’t care about running around making clean hits. But when you target a guy’s head, it’s a joke.”
No penalty was assessed.
A few moments later came the hit in question as Filip Forsberg checked Jimmy Vesey. It was a hit so brutal you could hear a collected “OOOOOHHHH!!” from everyone watching the game. When Vesey got up, his mouth was bleeding. And now, the NHL Department of Player Safety will hold a hearing about this hit.
It is clear the elbow of Forsberg connected with Vesey’s face, though it appears the intent was to lead with the hip. No penalty was called on this hit, or any other hit on the evening.
The hit from Forsberg was brutal for two reasons. First, the body of Forsberg provided an unbalanced force to Vesey. Second, Vesey’s speed was at a rate causing added violence when hit. Sir Issac Newton’s Laws of Motion were in complete observance.
What will happen to Forsberg? There are three options. First of all, the OPS could call it a clean hit with unfortunate consequences. Forsberg could be fined, like Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils and T.J. Oshie was the Washington Capitals were in the last few days. Both paid $5,000 for their cross-checks. Or Forsberg could be suspended, just like Buffalo’s Johan Larsson was two days ago. However, Larsson cross-checked a player in the face after a play was over.
The debate as to the intent and ferocity of the hit will continue from fans across the league. The fact remains that the NHL Department of Player Safety remains inconsistent in how it manages the game. For example, why hold a hearing over the Forsberg hit when this happened and they did nothing.
Ryan Johansen played the puck and then was leveled by Will Carrier, who led with his shoulder. Johansen left the game with concussion-like symptoms.
Should Forsberg be fined for this hit? Possibly. But a suspension would be over-reaching. It may have been a moment late, but it was not with reckless intent. Was it a dirty hit? No. Are the Nashville Predators a dirty team? Absolutely not. But, they can be physical in games when needed.
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The Rangers came looking for a battle, hoping the Predators would crumble under the physical weight. Nashville stood tall. Now, we just wait for the NHL to finish their hearing.
TAMPA, Fla — If Jaromir Jagr has indeed played the final game of his illustrious National Hockey League career, then Johnny Gaudreau has himself one pretty cool claim to fame.
“I can say I assisted on his last NHL goal if he doesn’t play in the NHL ever again,” the Calgary Flames winger explained following the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday night.
That goal came on Nov. 9 in Calgary against the Detroit Red Wings, the 766th of Jagr’s incredibly prolific career. It was also the only one he scored in 22 games for the Flames after Calgary inked the 45-year-old to a free agent contract in early October.
Reportedly Jagr and the team agreed to unconditional waivers this weekend, and should he clear, the sides would mutually terminate his NHL contract making him free to play in Europe, with Frolunda in the SHL his likely destination.
“What he has been able to do is pretty incredible,” said Sidney Crosby, who recently passed Jagr for second place on the Pittsburgh Penguins all-time scoring list.
“All the different styles of game he had to play through all these years — clutch and grab of the ’90’s, speed game today — and he still excelled at every one. I think it’s pretty amazing, the numbers and what he was able to accomplish.”
Jagr stands as the NHL’s second leading all-time scorer with 1,921 points — just seven this season with the Flames. He is third in goals and fifth with 1,155 assists.
Not only did Jagr leave his mark on the ice and in the record books, but his big personality, leadership and caring for teammates is to be remembered, as well.
“He was great to me,” offered Gaudreau, the 24-year-old All-Star who has 56 points this year. “I talked to him a lot throughout the season in the short amount of time we spent together. He’s been around the game so long, seen a lot of things, so I just picked his brain, on the ice, off the ice. He has so much knowledge, and shared it.”
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Asked for his greatest memory of Jagr, Crosby had to think a while before responding on Sunday.
“I want to say when he walked through four, five guys, that one highlight goal you always see, but I just remember him being a guy you just could not knock off the puck,” shared Crosby. “Even before I was in the league, I was watching him, how he handled the puck, just how strong he was. He dominated games because you couldn’t take the puck off of him. Seeing him and Mario (Lemieux) play together was pretty cool, and, obviously, I’ve played against him over the years now.”
As for what happens next for Jagr?
“Hopefully he gets to play somewhere else in the league. If not, he’s had a great, great career and I was very fortunate to spend 25, 30 games with him,” said Gaudreau.
The NHL may not be sending players to 2018 Olympics, but fans still have reason to enjoy watching their teams future on the biggest stage.
If most fans of the New York Islanders were asked if they had watched goalie prospect Ilya Sorokin play the answer would very likely be no.
But that is about to change as Sorokin was named to Russian National team at this years Winter Olympics only a few weeks before the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang.
With NHL deciding to not send players to the Olympics this year, it has opened up a unique opportunity for many players like Sorokin to showcase their talents on the worlds biggest stage.
The Islanders selected the Russian net-minder in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, but it wasn’t until the 2015-16 season that people started to take notice of Sorokin.
His ridiculous stat line of a 1.06 GAA coupled with a .953 save percentage were tops in the KHL and earned him the league’s award for top goalie.
Since then everyone has taken notice of the 22 year old. He hasn’t missed a beat recording a 25-6-7 record and a “modest” .929 save percentage and a 1.61 GAA in the 2016-17 season. Those numbers have jumped back up so far in 2017-18, with a 24-8-4 record and .930 save percentage and 1.59 GAA.
Sorokin has yet to sign an entry level deal with the Islanders, and they have until later this summer to lock him up or otherwise he could find himself in another jersey.
Fans can look forward to watching some of their teams top prospects duke it out on an international stage.