Up until today, the Islanders’ two best goaltending prospects remained un-signed. During the 2014 NHL Draft, the Islanders selected Ilya Sorokin in the third round and then Linus Söderström in the fourth. Both have put up crazy numbers and both of them are prospects that Islander fans are very high on. Today, the New York Islanders have signed one of those two in 20 year old goaltender Linus Söderström (three-year, entry-level contract).
Söderström is coming off of a very impressive season with HV71 of the SHL which ended with his team winning the championship. During the regular-season, Söderström played 22 games for HV71 and finished the regular-season with a 1.34 goals against average and .943 save percentage. Söderström got every playoff start for his team, going 12-4 with a 2.11 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
Linus! 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/gomlORb6IL
— HV71 (@HV71) April 30, 2017
Arthur Staple, who had first broke the news of the signing, speculates that Söderström will likely remain in Sweden next season but will be likely be a prospect at camp in June and possibly a part of the main training camp in September.
Soderstrom still likely to play in Sweden next season. But seems he’ll be at prospect camp next month and possibly the main camp in the fall
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) May 11, 2017