Rangers goalie prospect and 2014 fourth-round pick Igor Shesterkin has signed a three-year deal to stay with SKA in Russia. (Eronko)
Shesterkin, 20, won a bronze medal at the World Championships this past spring and was a silver medalist for Russia at the 2015 WJC.
Last season for SKA he was 5-2 with a shutout, 2.58 GAA and .912 save percentage.
From the Rangers prospect reports on 2/20/16: "Shesterkin stopped 36 of 37 shots he faced in a 1-0 loss on Feb. 17. In his last 30 appearances (KHL and VHL combined), the Rangers' fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 20-7-3 record, along with a 1.42 GAA, a .947 SV%, and 7 SO. Shesterkin has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last 23 appearances in the VHL."
Corey Pronman ranked him as the 10th best goalie prospect saying that he is an athletic goalie who can make difficult saves and has a strong glove. (ESPN Insider)
Henrik Lundqvist came over from Sweden at age 23.
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Adam Rotter: This is probably a good thing for both sides as hopefully Shesterkin can take a starting job in the KHL and spend the next three years playing a lot against pretty good competition. Henrik Lundqvist is still signed for 5 more seasons and the Rangers already have a small logjam of goalies in the minors with Magnus Hellberg, Brandon Halverson and Mackenzie Skapski. Bringing him after the season would just add to the already crowded goalie depth chart and now the Rangers can hopefully let him spend the next three years developing and then maybe come over more polished and closer to the end of Henrik Lundqvist's career.