The Oilers executed a trade early this evening, acquiring goaltender Anders Nilsson from the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for prospect forward Liam Coughlin.
Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media after the Billy Moores Cup at Rexall Place and says the move was to bring in some competition.
“He’s a big goalie,” said Chiarelli. “He might not have been dealt the greatest cards when he came over (to North America). He had a strong year in the KHL. He had an average World Championships. I saw him in one game when I went over there. He’s still young for a goalie. He was excited to hear that he has a new start. The bottom line is there is going to be competition. There is going to be competition amongst the goalies and that’s why. We want that. It gives us insurance and it gives us competition.”
Nilsson, 25, had an impressive KHL season for Kazan Ak-Bars. The 6-foot-5 goalie posted a record of 20-9-8 with a .936 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against average. In 23 NHL games, Nilsson has a record of 9-9-2 and a save percentage of .898 and 3.05 GAA.