The Oilers launched their Saturday of trades by sending goaltender Anders Nilsson to the St. Louis Blues, in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round pick and goalie Niklas Lundstrom.
Part of the reason the Oilers could part ways with Nilsson is that Laurent Brossoit seems ready to take on the number-two responsibilities in Edmonton. The Oilers top young goalie prospect has enjoyed an AHL All-Star season with the Bakersfield Condors. He has a 15-9-3 record in the AHL this season, posting a .919 save percentage. The Oilers recalled Brossoit when the trade went through.
“There was a combination of a couple things,” Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli said. “It was we felt that LB is now ready or close to being ready to be the number two, so we wanted to get a little bit ahead of it and try to get something for Anders.”
Nilsson didn’t come to Edmonton in the off-season as a stop-gap, but Brossoit’s development helped give the Oilers the option to move an asset.
“I felt strong about Brossoit, just from what I saw,” said Chiarelli. “I knew he was going to be ready in short order. That didn’t mean I had thought Anders was a band-aid, so to speak. We scouted him and he had a good stretch. He lost his confidence a little bit, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he goes on and has good success in the league. But LB’s play and the fact we are where we are in the standings just made that decision a little easier.”