The Rangers announced on Monday that top goalie prospect Igor Shesterkin was recalled from Hartford, and now head coach David Quinn has taken things a step further.
Quinn told SNY's Chris Williamson after practice Monday that Shesterkin will make his NHL debut by starting in net against the Avalanche at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old has been an absolute brick wall in the AHL this season, leading the entire league in goals against average at 1.93. He also ranks second in wins and save percentage, which is at .932 thus far. Shesterkin's performance had him selected to play in the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic.
The Moscow, Russia native played in the KHL for the past six seasons where he had a career 1.68 GAA, .935 save percentage and 27 shutouts. When the Rangers selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, many believed he had the characteristics to be Henrik Lundqvist's heir to the goaltending throne in New York.
His first taste of the NHL on Tuesday could begin that transition.