In a recent TNT broadcast, former NHL player and current analyst Paul Bissonnette posed an intriguing question to legendary goalie Henrik Lundqvist. He asked Lundqvist who he would rather have on his team – New York Rangers’ goalie Igor Shesterkin or New York Islanders’ goalie Ilya Sorokin.
Ilya Sorokin has had an impressive season, making a name for himself with the Islanders. In 54 starts, he boasts 28 wins, a 2.36 GAA (goals against average), and a .924 SV% (save percentage). On the other hand, Igor Shesterkin has also excelled, starting in 53 games this season and securing 34 wins. His GAA stands at 2.54, and he has a .914 SV%. Both goalies have put up amazing numbers, but Lundqvist actually adds another goalie to the mix as well.
It’s worth noting that Henrik Lundqvist, widely regarded as one of the best goaltenders in NHL history, played his entire career with the Rangers. Over 887 games played, Lundqvist had a GAA of 2.43 and a SV% of .918. His ties to the Rangers may have had some influence on his decision, but Lundqvist is also known for his keen insight into the game and understanding of what makes a great goaltender.
With both goalies still early in their careers, it will be fascinating to watch their development and see if Henrik Lundqvist’s goalie pick holds true over time.