Few goalies in NHL history have made the instant impact Shesterkin did when he came to the New York Rangers midway through the 2019-20 season.
The Rangers selected Shesterkin, a Moscow native, in the fourth round (No. 118) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Then they waited while he developed into one of the top goalies in the Kontinental Hockey League. From 2016-17 through 2018-19, he was 71-12-10 for SKA St. Petersburg, and in his final season he was 24-4-0 with a 1.11 goals-against average and .953 save percentage.