Ilya Sorokin agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract and a one-year contract extension for the 2020-21 season with the New York Islanders on Monday.
Sorokin, a third-round pick (No. 78) by New York in the 2014 NHL Draft, is not eligible to play during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers or Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the 24-year-old goalie can participate in training camp and travel with the Islanders on July 26 to Toronto, where the Eastern Conference Qualifiers will begin Aug. 1.
This season will count toward his service time in the NHL, and he can become a restricted free agent after next season.
Sorokin was 26-10-3 with a 1.50 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and nine shutouts in 40 games this season with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. He was tied for second in wins, third in GAA, tied for fourth in save percentage and first in shutouts among KHL goalies to play at least 20 games.
He won the Gagarin Cup with CSKA Moscow last season and was named MVP of the KHL playoffs after he went 16-4 with a 1.20 goals-against average, a .956 save percentage and five shutouts. His 16 career shutouts are the most in KHL playoff history.
The window for Sorokin to sign with the Islanders opened at 12 p.m. ET on Monday (the third day after the NHL/NHL Players’ Association Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect); they had until 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday (the fifth day after the CBA went into effect). The NHL and NHLPA each ratified a four-year extension to the CBA on July 10. It will run through the 2025-26 season.
New York (35-23-10, .588 points percentage) enters the Qualifiers as the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. It will play the No. 10 seed, the Florida Panthers (35-26-8, .565), in one of eight best-of-5 series, with the winner advancing to the playoffs and the loser having a chance at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Aug. 10.