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Oilers acquire Anders Nilsson

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson from the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for forward Liam Coughlin.

Nilsson, 25, posted a 20-9-8 record, .936 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against average in 38 regular-season games for Kazan Ak-Bars of the Kontinental Hockey League last season. Nilsson also totaled a 13-7 record, .935 save percentage and 1.54 GAA in 20 postseason games.

The Lulea, Sweden, native previously totaled a 9-9-0 record, .898 save percentage and 3.05 GAA over 23 career NHL games with the New York Islanders (2011-12 and 2013-14). Nilsson was selected by the Islanders in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Chicago via trade with the Islanders on Oct. 4, 2014.

Coughlin, 20, tallied 60 points (20G, 40A) in 54 games for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League last season. He went on to record 10 points (3G, 7A) in 11 playoff games.

The South Boston, Mass., native has 105 points (38G, 67A) over 107 games with Vernon, dating back to the 2013-14 season. Coughlin was selected by Edmonton in the fifth round (130th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

UPDATE: The Oilers and Nilsson have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

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