New York Islanders fans have long awaited to hear the news and the day has finally come. Ilya Sorokin is coming to New York and is expected to join the Islanders as soon as possible.
This doesn’t mean that in the event the National Hockey League resumes play for the 2019-20 season, Sorokin could participate. The goaltender would have to wait to play until the 2020-21 NHL season begins.
The Islanders and Sorokin have had a complicated relationship, to say the least. He was a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and was drafted just one round before close friend and rival goaltender, Igor Shesterkin who transitioned to the NHL with the New York Rangers for the 2019-20 season.
Since being drafted, Sorokin has only played in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He had an opportunity to sign with the Islanders in 2017 but opted to sign a three-year extension with CSKA Moscow. With that came rumors that he didn’t like former general manager Garth Snow and that he didn’t want to be an Islander at all. At the end of the day, those statements, true or false, don’t matter and they were nothing but rumors.