The AHL has announced that Rangers prospect Igor Shesterkin has been named goalie of the month for October.
Shesterkin is 5-1 with a GAA of 1.49 and save percentage of .942 to start his rookie season in Hartford/North America.
Shesterkin is in the first-year of a two-year deal. It’s believed that his contract for next season includes a European Assignment clause.
Prior to coming to North America, Shesterkin posted a record of 88-16-7 in the KHL with GAA of 1.68, save percentage of .935.
Jeff Gorton said this past spring of Shesterkin, “he chose to stay a little longer like Henrik did before he came over. He’s had a lot of success, been in the Olympics, World Championships and his numbers speak for themselves.”
At development camp in June, Shesterkin said, “I have to prove quite a bit and I’m very far from the pinnacle that I envision for myself, so I have work to do.”
Former Ranger Sergei Nemchinov told Larry Brooks that Shesterkin reminds him of Mike Richter, saying that he’s a “great skater, explosive and reads the game very well.” (NY Post)
Nickolai Bobrov said over the summer of Shesterkin, “each year, because of his work ethic, coupled with his talent, has gotten better and better. He’s a very competitive kid with a lot of talent and now with experience, playing in the KHL and international stage, World Juniors/Olympics/World Championships. He played with NHL players, faced NHL caliber shots. We feel he is ready to come. It take a little bit of an adjustment for the angles and size of the rink, but every goalie is different as far as the time they need but this kid adjusts to every situation in his career and came out on top. There is a lot of evidence that it will continue and we have very high hopes for him.”