Igor Shestyorkin
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Igor Shestyorkin

Hometown:

Moscow Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-12-30

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2014

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (118th overall), 2014

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Igor Shestyorkin played for Kryla Sovetov’s 1995-born team in Moscow — appearing in 21 games.

2011-12: Shestyorkin played for Kryla Sovetov’s 1995’s as the team captured a Moscow Region title and advanced to the Russian U17 Championship. Kryla Sovetov finished seventh in the eight-team championships in Omsk, going 1-2 in group play before defeating SKA St. Petersburg in overtime in the seventh-place game. Shestyorkin was selected by Moscow Spartak in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2012 KHL Draft.

2012-13: Shestyorkin was briefly with KHL Spartak — without seeing any action — and shared the goaltending duties with 19-year-old Vsevolod Kondrashov as MHK Spartak finished second in the West Division and reached the MHL Finals against champion Omsk Yastreby. Shestyorkin was 9-4-1 with two shutouts and had a 2.10 goals against and .920 save percentage in 15 regular season games for MHK and in six playoff games was 6-3 with three shutouts and a 1.59 goals against and .948 save percentage.

2013-14: Shestyorkin stopped 18 of 19 shots in his KHL debut with Spartak Moscow during the Nadezhda Cup. He played nine regular season games for Spartak and 23 games with the club’s junior team MHK Spartak. He represented Russia in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and was with Russia’s U19 team at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge. Shestyorkin was 1-5-2 with a 2.80 goals against and .903 save percentage in KHL play (Spartak missed the playoffs after finishing sixth in its division). In 23 games with MHK Spartak he was 14-5-4 with five shutouts and had a 1.42 goals against and .947 save percentage. Shestyorkin had a 5.00 goals against and .821 save percentage in his only game at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and had a 2.98 goals against and .897 save percentage in three games at the WJAC. He was ranked seventh amongst international goalies in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Shestyorkin played six games with KHL champion St. Petersburg SKA and also skated in Russia’s second league, the VHL as a 19-year-old. He was in goal for the silver medal-winning Russia U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship and played for SKA’s junior team in the MHL playoffs. Shestyorkin was 3-0-3 in KHL action and had a 2.33 goals against and .917 save percentage. He was 3-3-2 with 1 shutout in eight VHL games for SKA-Kareliya with a 1.72 goals against and .943 save percentage. After going 2-0 in three regular season games for the SKA junior team he was 7-6 with 1 shutout in 13 playoff games and had a 2.47 goals against and .910 save percentage. He was 3-1 with 1 shutout and had a 1.98 goals against and .937 save percentage in five games for Russia at the WJC. Shestyorkin started the gold medal game against Canada but was pulled less than three minutes in when Canada scored twice on three shots. The hosts would go on to win 5-4, holding off a furious comeback by Russia. 

2015-16: Shestyorkin continued develop in the SKA St. Petersburg club in Russia — appearing in seven games with the KHL squad and handling the bulk of the goaltending duties for VHL affiliate SKA-Neva. With one-time Islanders’ prospect Mikko Koskinen the starter at the KHL level in St. Petersburg, Shestyorkin was 5-2 with a 2.58 goals against and .912 save percentage in his brief stint with SKA. In 25 regular season games for seventh-place SKA-Neva he was 16-6-3 with a 1.19 goals against and .954 save percentage. Neva was upset by 10th-place  in the first round of the VHL playoffs. Shestyorkin was not with the team for the six-game series. 

Talent Analysis

Shestyorkin is an agile goaltender who has great reflexes and excellent lateral movement. He is still learning to challenge shooters and set himself properly, but he has the potential to be a starting netminder in the NHL.

Future

Shestyorkin spent the bulk of the 2015-16 season at the VHL level in Russia. SKA St. Petersburg has been among the KHL's top clubs in the past five seasons, winning the championship in 2014-15 and reaching the West Confererence finals this past season before falling to CSKA. Shestyorkin has one year remaining on his contract with the club and could push for the starter's role in 2016-17 depending on SKA's plans. He has yet to sign an entry-level contract with New York and the Rangers have several options in terms of goaltending prospects. As with most 20-year-old goaltenders, Shestyorkin's peak potential is difficult to predict. His ability and progress to this point project he can be a quality NHL starter.

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