Oilers May Be Interested in Big Swede

This is Christopher Nihlstorp. His last name sounds like someone is trying to make up a last name (and not doing well) but he’s apparently a solid goaltender.

Elite prospects scouting report says he is a “large goalie with fast reflexes. Could improve his sideways movement. Sometimes has trouble with high shots on his blocker side and gives up too many rebounds.” Sounds perfect.

Nihlstorp is apparently getting some interest from the Oilers according to this article. If we are to believe Mr. Google’s European cousin Translate Edmonton may offer him a deal but they’re not going to worry until it happens. Nihlstorp played in 23 SEL games and posted a SP of .923; his team won the SEL championship. Nihlstrop was not the starting goalie, that honor went to Alexander Salak.

Salak was acquired by Chicago from Florida in the Frolik-Skille deal in February. Salak is a much better prospect than Nihlstorp based on career progression and their current roles. I suspect the signing of Nihlstorp would be considered a depth, OKC Barons type signing should it happen.

Nihlstorp would likely partner with Olivier Roy as possibles for the Barons, with Stockton seeing the other guy. One would guess Nihlstorp might be a contender for the AHL starter/third NHL goalie (the Gerber role) role. We wait.

EDIT TO ADD: The goalie’s agent denies the reports here.

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