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Islanders 2014 NHL Draft: Islanders Trade 65th Pick, Select G Ilya Sorokin with 78th Pick

The Islanders started out Day 2 of the 2014 NHL Draft choosing to use one third round pick to fill a huge organizational need, and deal the other for a chance to draft another day.

This is not Ilya Sorokin. But it is a Russian goaltender.
This is not Ilya Sorokin. But it is a Russian goaltender.
Harry Engels

After trading both of their second round picks last night for the chance to select Josh Ho-Sang, the Islanders had to wait until the third round to make their first selection on Day 2 of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Isles bypassed their opportunity to choose at 65, instead trading the pick to the Florida Panthers for a third round pick in next year's draft.

They were next up at 78, and with that pick the Islanders went goalie, picking Ilya Sorokin from Russia.

Sorokin, who will be 19 in August, has played 32 games in the KHL, having a .919 Save % in 5 games in 2012-13, and a .911 Save % in 27 games in 2013-14.

Adam French, a HockeyBuzz contributor, had this to say about Sorokin's game:

There are some weaknesses in Sorokin's game, most notably his positioning and his aggressiveness.  However Sorokin is an extremely athletic goaltender with great speed, which really helps him compensate for what he still needs to work on.

You would expect a third round pick to have a few things to work on, so that point may not be as concerning as The Islanders now having another player that will have to be wooed away from the KHL.

We all know the team needs goalie depth.  It would have been nice to know that we were getting a guy who was definitely going to help fix that.