Rangers Sign G Alexander Georgiev to 3-Year Entry-Level Contract

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According to CapFriendly.com, the New York Rangers have signed 21-year old Russian goaltender Alexander Georgiev to a three-year entry-level contract.

Playing for TPS in Finland’s Liiga last season, Georgiev posted an impressive .923 save percentage (SV%) and 1.70 goals against average (GA/A)in 27 games.

With the departure of Magnus Hellberg to the KHL this summer, the Rangers depth in goal, specifically at the AHL level, was thin. Georgiev’s signing just deepened it and according to Josh Khalfin, potentially gave what expects to be a new-look Wolfpack team their starting netminder this season.

Discussion
  1. He's under contract in the KHL for a few more seasons. When his deal expires, he's likely to come to North America as Hank's career/contract are dwindling. My guess is he steps in as a 20-30 game back-up, and may eventually split starts toward the final year or so of Hank's deal/career. A passing of the torch.
    What's the deal with Shestyorkin these days?
    Wouldn't he be the heir apparent? or did something get derailed somewhere/when?
    https://bluelinestation.com/2017/06/04/new-york-rangers-igor-shestyorkin-track-take-lundqvist/
    The top goalie prospect is Shestyorkin, the 21-year-old Russian. He has one full season in the KHL under his belt and is signed for two more years. Shestyorkin was an eye-popping 27-4-6 in the regular season for St. Petersburg, with a GAA of 1.64 and a save percentage of .937. It was an outstanding season.
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    Scouts rave about Shestyorkin’s athleticism and quick reflexes. He is an excellent puck handler and can move from post to post in a flash. He has some positional issues and has been known to lose his composure at times, but these are things that should correct with coaching and maturity. The skills are there.
    Shestyorkin can’t play in North American until at least 2019-2000 when Lundqvist will have two seasons left on his contract. If he did come west that season, he would be 23, the same age as Lundqvist when he left Sweden.

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