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Nilsson Joins Blues in Carolina

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

RALEIGH - Goalie Anders Nilsson joined the Blues in Carolina on Sunday and served as the backup to Jake Allen.

Nilsson was traded to the Blues early Saturday morning in exchange for goalie prospect Niklas Lundstrom and a fifth-round draft pick in 2016.

“It came as a little surprise,” Nilsson said. “I was scheduled to play against Anaheim and I was told not to play and then I kind of figured out that something was going on. I got the news after the game that I was traded here.

“I'm excited to be a part of the Blues," he added. "It's been a little bit of a whirlwind the past 24 hours here, but it's very fun to be here.”

Nilsson, 25, has played in 26 games for the Edmonton 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 goaltender was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in 2009 and has played in 49 career regular season games.

Nilsson describes himself as a hard-worker; a butterfly goaltender that uses his size to his advantage.

“I'm just going to try and focus on my game. That’s important because (Brian) Elliott got injured and (Jake) Allen just came back from an injury,” he said. “It's not fun to see other guys go down. I'm going to try to focus on my game and I'll see what happens after that.”

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