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Blues On The Verge Of Acquiring Anders Nilsson

FEB 06, 2016 : Anders Nilsson #39 of the Edmonton Oilers skates during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on February 6, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire)
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With Brian Elliott shelved for at least a month, the St. Louis Blues reportedly will bring in Anders Nilsson to fill the void.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Blues will acquire Nilsson from the Edmonton Oilers for a mid-round draft pick. Elliott took over the starting goaltending job when Jake Allen went down with a lower-body injury and went 12-3-3 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .942 save percentage before suffering a lower-body ailment of his own.

Nilsson has posted a 10-12-2 record with a 3.14 GAA and .901 save percentage in 26 games – 24 starts – with Edmonton this season – his first in the NHL since 2013-14. The 25-year-old has not recorded a victory since December 11 against the New York Rangers, going 0-5-1 in his last eight contests.

Selected by the New York Islanders in the third round of the 2009 draft, Nilsson made his NHL debut in 2011-12, registering a 1-2-0 record with one shutout and a 2.75 GAA in four games. He spent the next season battling an illness and playing in the American Hockey League but returned to the Islanders in 2013-14 and went 8-7-2 with a 3.11 GAA in 19 contests.

The 6-foot-5, 229-pound Nilsson, who was traded to Chicago in October 2014 but shipped to Edmonton in July 2015 without ever suiting up for the Blackhawks, has gone 19-21-4 with one shutout, a 3.10 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 49 regular-season games with New York and Edmonton but has yet to appear in a playoff contest. A native of Lulea, Sweden, he helped his country capture the bronze medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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