Saturday, February 27, 2016

Blues Acquire Nilsson from Edmonton to Shore up Goaltending

The St. Louis Blues got themselves an insurance policy for their injury-riddled goalie corps on Saturday, closing a deal with the Oilers to acquire goaltender Anders Nilsson in exchange for goaltender Niklas Lundstrom and a 2016 fifth round draft pick.

With Brian Elliot recently heading to the IR, the Blues needed a proven backup for Jake Allen as they head down the stretch. Now they have him.

Or at least they think they do. Nilsson has played 49 games in the NHL, none of them in the post-season, with a career save percentage of .900. It will be interesting to see if that number improves with a more "elite" defensive corps in front of him.

Nilsson, 25, has appeared in 26 games for the Oilers this season, posting a 10-12-2 record along with a 3.14 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. The 6-foot-5, 229-pound goaltender was originally drafted by Islanders in the third round of the 2009 draft.

Elliott, injured last week in a game vs. the Sharks, is on the LTIR, and will be re-evaluated in a little over three weeks: