Islanders look to the future with the addition of Sorokin


Devon Toews was traded to the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 12 for a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and the 2022 NHL Draft. Toews, who averaged 20:30 hours of ice time per game during the playoffs, became a restricted free agent after the season.Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said he was confident Toews could be replaced with a defenseman Noah Dobson, a first-round pick (12th) in the 2018 NHL Draft. He also said the defender signed again Andy Greene is “a very strong option”. Greene, who was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on February 16, is an unrestricted free agent.

“We definitely would have made this move if the ice time Devon was given, we didn’t have the ability to put a player in that, and Noah Dobson definitely will, we think he’s ready to move on to the next step, ”Lamoriello said.

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New York will also have a different look in the goal after Thomas Greiss signed with the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent. It should be replaced by Ilya Sorokin, one of the best goalies in the Continental Hockey League over the past five seasons.

Lamoriello said he is also considering signing a goalkeeper Cory Schneider, who had his contract bought out by New Jersey on October 8. Lamoriello was Devils GM when they acquired Schneider in a deal from the Vancouver Canucks in 2013.

“There’s a good chance that will happen,” Lamoriello said. “As you know I had Cory in New Jersey and I think he’s trying to resurrect his career, and with our coaching staff I’ve had several conversations with Cory so I think this rumor is will materialize. ”

Attackers Matt Martin and Derick Brassard are unrestricted free agents, although there have been reports that islanders are trying to sign them. Center Mathew Barzal and defender Ryan Pulock are restricted free agents; Pulock has a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for November 6.

Here’s what the islanders look like today:

Arrival of keys

Ilya Sorokin, G: The Islanders’ third-round pick (78th) in the 2014 NHL Draft, the 25-year-old accepted the terms of a contract with the Islanders during this season on July 14. Sorokin was 26-10-3 with a 1.50 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and nine shutouts in 40 games for CSKA Moscow last season. He was tied for second in wins, third in GAA, fourth in save percentage and first in shutouts among KHL goalies to play at least 20 games. His 16 career shutouts are the most significant in KHL playoff history.

Key departures

Thomas Greiss, G: Signing of a two-year contract with Detroit on October 10 after five seasons in New York. He was 16-9-4 with a GAA of 2.74 and save percentage of 0.913 in 31 games (29 starts) last season, and 2-2 with a GAA of 2.02 and save percentage. stopping 0.929 in four Stanley Cup Playoff games (three starts), including a shutout against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference second round. … Devon Toews, D: Scored 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 68 regular season games and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 22 playoff games last season.

At dawn

Oliver Wahlstrom, F: A first-round pick (11th) in the 2018 NHL Draft, the 20-year-old scored 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 45 games for Bridgeport of the American Hockey League last season. … Facebook Facebook logo Sign up for Facebook to connect with Sebastian Aho, RE: He became the first player in Bridgeport history to be named American League All-Star for three consecutive seasons. The 24-year-old was tied for second at Bridgeport with 46 points (nine goals, 37 assists) in 67 games last season.

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What they still need

Another goalscorer. This was blatantly obvious in the conference final, when the Islanders scored more than two goals once in their six-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Attackers Brock Nelson (26 goals) and Anders Lee (20) were their only players to score at least 20 goals in the regular season.

Fantastic focus

Sorokin is one of the most intriguing players to reach the position in fantasy outside of the top 100 of the overall draft rankings. Russian goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov may be the New York starter for now after a strong postseason, but Sorokin could gain nearly a 50-50 workload during the regular season. Sorokin has the highest long-term fantasy cap of any goaltender during coach Barry Trotz’s tenure with the Islanders. – Pete Jensen

Projected programming

Anders Lee – Mathew Barzal – Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier – Brock Nelson – Josh Bailey

Michael Dal ColleJean-Gabriel Pageau – Oliver Wahlstrom

Leo KomarovCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech – Ryan Pulock

Nick LeddyScott Mayfield

Sebastian Aho – Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov

Ilya Sorokin


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