Peter Chiarelli did a lot of work this summer, adding strength and competition up the middle. In goal, his big play was acquiring Cam Talbot as the likely No. 1 for 2015-16. At the draft, he spent a late pick on a long shot. His ‘in the middle’ move came in acquiring Anders Nilsson. He’s an excellent bet who could be an Oiler for years, or we may not seem him after September 30.
ANDERS NILSSON RE 15-16: 10GP, 2.80 .903
- So, we have the GF-GA totals? Not quite, EN goals factor. I’ll have a story tomorrow morning about the projections and how I see the 2015-16 Oilers.
- Stringing this out are we? Meh, just trying to get us through summer without hammering the walls red.
- Tell me about Anders Nilsson. He’s a reasonable bet, one of four this summer for Edmonton (Talbot, Nilsson, Eetu Laurikainen, Miroslav Svoboda).
- Tell me about Anders Nilsson. He’s HUGE, 6.05, 227 according to various online sources. He tore the cover off the ball in the KHL, but so did Emil playing for Ak-Bars.
- Why did he come back to North America? It sounds like the player wanted to have another lash at the NHL, and he did say the bigger league is his goal. Nilsson: “I have done for three years in the AHL and I do not think it would be good for my development to play a fourth year in the AHL, That’s what I’ve said to them, since we have not started to go into contract negotiations.” (this was with CHI)
- What is his scouting report? Goalie guru Kevin Woodley: “His size is his strength. He has a really good athletic base, he moves very well for his size. That is the strength, the weakness, at least early in his career in the NHL was that he moved too much. When you are that big and that long and you move too much you are opening up holes. Pucks go through you as opposed to using your size effectively, and you tend to open up and create more holes than you need to.” Source
- Sounds like Devan Dubnyk. Yes, that’s fair.
- Chiarelli made a good trade. He sent Liam Coughlin, a distant bell as a prospect, for a guy who may well push for an NHL job. Good lord man, that’s a five-run homer!
- Why such a small price? No idea. There were rumors the Bruins had interest earlier in the summer, but the ‘Hawks dealt him to Edmonton. It was a nice surprise for Oilers fans, and really points out the change in attitude from the past.
- How so? The Oilers spent YEARS fretting over losing Jeff Deslauriers to waivers and cost themselves depth and training camp battles because of it. We’re staring an actual battle for jobs square in the face this fall, and have Peter Chiarelli to thank for it.
- What’s the most exciting thing about him? A .936 save percentage in the back yard is exciting, this guy did it in the KHL. He might not be the second coming of Tim Thomas but this is at the very least a compelling curio for Oilers camp.
- What are the odds he beats out Ben Scrivens for the backup job? Not huge, I have Scrivens winning the job, Nilsson heading to the AHL and then (at some point) PC trading Ben to another NHL team, possibly at the deadline.
- The numbers you’ve applied to these two G’s suggests you don’t see them as long term options. I think that’s the reasonable bet, yes. Remember though, goalies are very difficult to track year over year, so we wait.
- Do you think he’ll be in the organization past September? I have no answer, it’s a mystery.
- Why this song? It’s a perfect fit for Nilsson. It’s delightful, no idea what he’s on about.