Saturday, February 27, 2016

Blues Add Nilsson

2016 2016 2017
To St. Louis POS MIN G/W P Cap Status
Anders Nilsson G 1,413 10 21 $1 mil RFA
To Edmonton POS MIN G/W P Cap Status
Niklas Lundstrom G 0 0 0 $656k RFA
2016 5th Round Draft Pick

With Brian Elliott going down in St. Louis for the next month or so, the St. Louis Blues were looking to solidify their goaltending situation with a move, so they managed to snag Anders Nilsson out of Edmonton for an ECHL goalie prospect and a late round pick in this year's draft, a small price to pay for a little bit more insurance.

Nilsson was a pretty good surprise coming out of training camp, as he ousted Ben Scrivens right out of the organization altogether with his play, but with the Oilers relying heavily on the Cam Talbot down the stretch and their desire to see Laurent Brossoit at the NHL level, this deal became easy to make for the Oilers.

Nilsson has performed admirably, when called upon this season, on a team that has arguably underachieved to a certain degree.  He should provide some good minutes as a back-up, when called upon in St. Louis, but his usefulness will be rather limited, as you would have to assume that Jake Allen will be taking more than the majority of reps in net and when Elliott returns from injury, Nilsson will left to be a practice keeper.

ImplicationsNilsson was a Waiver Draft pick-up for Cindy this year and was getting some work from the keeper, before this deal was done.  Unfortunately, all that work only amounted to about eight games and there was only 2 wins in there for 4 points.  At the time of the Waiver Draft, he was getting plenty of work, as Talbot was a bit shaky after the Connor McDavid injury, but it just didn't pan out for Cindy this year.  This move is likely going to be a lateral one, unless the unforeseen happens and Nilsson becomes the number one guy for a few weeks.

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