Ilya Sorokin


Novokuznetsk Russia

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3rd round (78th overall), 2014


167 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2010-11: Ilya Sorokin played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk’s 1995-born team in Russia’s Sibir region. Metallurg reached the Russian U17 championship in Yekaterinberg. Sorokin started all four games and was 0-4 as Novokuznetsk finished eighth. 

2011-12: Sorokin played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk’s U18 team — splitting the goaltending with Vladislav Podyapolsky. Metallurg again went to the Russian Championship after winning the Sibir region. Sorokin suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime to Lada Togliatti in his only start as Metallurg finished third in the four-team tournament. 

2012-13: Sorokin made his debut in the KHL as a 17-year-old — playing five games for Metallurg Novokuznetsk — and played for the club’s U22 MHL club Kuznetskie Medvedi. He played for Russia’s U18 team in the Five Nations Tournament in Russia. Sorokin was 1-1 with a 2.77 goals against and .919 save percentage for Metallurg and was 1-2 with a 3.03 goals against in three Nadezhda Cup games. In 27 MHL regular season games with Medvedi he was 11-8-3 with one shutout and had a 2.57 goals against and .914 save percentage. He played in three playoff games and was 0-2 with a 3.40 goals against and .898 save percentage. 

2013-14: Sorokin moved up to the KHL to play for Metallurg Novokuznetsk on a full-time basis and played for the club’s junior squad Medvedi in the MHL playoffs. Splitting time with one-time Wild and Flyers’ prospect Niko Hovinen and fellow KHL rookie Nikita Lozhkin, he played 27 games for Novokuznetsk. Sorokin was 5-12-0 and had a 2.90 goals against and .911 save percentage. He played in four regular season games and two playoff contests with Kuznetsk Medvedi. He was 2-1-1 with a 2.69 goals against and .917 during the regular season and was 0-2 with a 4.04 goals against and .800 save percentage in the playoffs. In his second year of draft eligibility, Sorokin was ranked fifth amongst International goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the Islanders in the third round (78th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

The youngest starting goaltender in the KHL in 2013-14, Sorokin is a classic Russian goaltender who is very quick and athletic. He is signed by Metalurg Novokuznetsk until the 2016-17 season so it will probably be awhile before he makes an appearance in New York.


Sorokin is playing for Metallurg Novokuszetsk in the KHL in 2014-15 and is one of the candidates to play goal for Russia in the 2015 World Juniors.

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