Islander Ilya Sorokin: New York’s new Jacob DeGrom

New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin is playing a season like Vezina. He is third in the NHL with 2.25 GAA and second with .927 SV% and three shutouts.

The problem is that Ilya Sorokin has only 15 wins in 33 games and 31 starts, which gives a win ratio of 0.484.

The keeper leading the Vezina race is Boston Bruins keeper Linus Ullmark. He ranks first with a GAA of 1.92 and an SV% of 0.936.

Guess how many wins he has?

Ullmark has 23 wins in 27 starts, an .852 win ratio.

And yes, Boston is second in the NHL and is scoring 3.76 goals per game, giving Ullmark and backup Jeremy Swayman plenty of support.

The Islanders have averaged 3.02 goals per game this season but only gave Sorokin 2.83 goals in assists when he was between the whistles.

He doesn’t get run assist, the same problem MLB pitcher Jacob DeGrom has faced throughout his Mets career, especially during his best season in 2018.

That year, DeGrom won the Cy Young, the equivalent of the Vezina, but it didn’t come on wins.

In 32 starts, DeGrom posted a league-low 1.70 ERA, comparable to a goals-against average, and ranked third in baseball with a .912 WHIP (walks & hits per innings pitched), similar to a save percentage.

But what about winnings?

DeGrom tied for 12th in that category, which is the only category that ultimately counts in esports.

The Mets finished the season fourth in the National League and missed the playoffs with a 77-85 record.

Now, DeGrom’s lack of running support impacted his entire MLB career in New York, as we’ll now see if his new team, the Texas Rangers, can give him a greater chance of winning — probably not.

In Sorokin’s last five games, Sorokin has taken his game to an even more elite level.

He owns a 1.99 GAA with 0.932 SV% but has only two wins. The Islanders have managed just 1.4 goals per person in that span and 2.83 goals per game this season.

Sorokin is having his best NHL season. Coming from Russia for the first time, he showed his potential but took some time to find his footing in the NHL.

Now in his third year, his first as a captain, he is one of the best goalies in the sport, the comparison between him and DeGrom is incredibly obvious.

Without Sorokin, the Islanders wouldn’t be in the second wildcard spot, but instead would be fighting for a chance to draft Connor Bedard this summer.

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