With the Oilers announcement that the team has recalled Laurent Brossoit from the Bakersfield Condors, it looks like the Anders Nilsson era (can you call four and a half months an era?) might have come to an end. With it clear that Nilsson wasn't going to be part of the plan the Oilers next season, the team has decided to take a look at a player who might be.
In 26 games for the Condors this season, Brossoit has 14 wins and a 2.70 goals against average; his 0.921 save percentage currently ranks him fifth in the AHL. For a goalie who won't turn 23 in late March, those are some encouraging numbers. This won't be Brossoit's first chance to see NHL action, he made his Oilers debut last season in a game against the San Jose Sharks; at 22 years and 17 days he was the fourth youngest goalie to play for the Oilers. In that game Brossoit made 49 saves on 51 shots but came away with the loss because the Oilers managed to score just one goal. Welcome to life as Oiler, Laurent.
Heading the other way is Anders Nilsson, a man who went from training camp surprise, to the team's number one, to the backup role, to the AHL over the course of five months. Early on things looked good for Nilsson, maybe Chiarelli had found a diamond in the rough, there were even whispers about an extension. But as 2015 came to a close the wheels started to come off, at the same time Cam Talbot started looking like the Cam Talbot we expected, and as a result he's started just three games since the new year, giving up four goals, five goals, and then three goals in 11 minutes. Yes, it was time for a change.