Blues Acquire Nilsson From Edmonton
With the 2016 trade deadline only two days away, the St. Louis Blues have moved to shore up their goaltending depth acquiring Anders Nilsson from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for minor league goalie Niklas Lundstrom.
EDM trade to STL is: Goalie Anders Nilsson for goalie Niklas Lundstrom and. 5th round pick in 2016. Nilsson will be assigned AHL Chicago.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 27, 2016
Anders Nilsson is only 25, but has so far has a bumpy ride in the NHL. A New York Islanders prospect, Nilsson never quite made the leap there and went to play in the KHL for a year. He was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks and then on to the Oilers this past June to back up their other new acquisition Cam Talbot. The Oilers signed him to a one-year, one-way contract worth $1 million.
Edmonton had hoped for more out of the Swede after he beat out Ben Scrivens in the preseason. In his 26 NHL games this year, Nilsson has posted a .912 at even strength, well below the league average of .923. (It should be noted that Cam Talbot’s .914 isn’t much better.) Nilsson has also spent some time in the AHL, posting a .935 overall in his two games with Bakersfield.
As for St. Louis, Brian Elliott’s recent injury made the Blues lack of depth at goal stark. Nilsson gives them an emergency option with NHL experience. If he does report to the Chicago Wolves, he will share duties with Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington, the Blues’ top goaltending prospects. That’s unlikely to be workable for long, although Copley is currently in the NHL, backing up Jake Allen in Elliott’s absence. A swap of Copley and Nilsson is not out of the question.
Niklas Lundstrom, meanwhile, is a 23-year-old, who has spent most of the past two years maturing in the ECHL it is unknown at this point whether he will report to the AHL.