The Oilers and Blues made a trade this morning: Anders Nilsson heads to St. Louis, Niklas Lundstrom and a fifth round pick in this year's draft head the other way. The Oilers also announced that Laurent Brossoit has been recalled to fill the spot that Nilsson had been occupying.
This brings to a close Nilsson's very up and down tenure with the Edmonton Oilers. Peter Chiarelli traded for for Nilsson in July and after a strong training camp he beat out Ben Scrivens for the backup job. After Cam Talbot stumbled coming out of the gate it was Nilsson who grabbed the starters job through November and December. But Nilsson play would slip in January, allowing Talbot to recall the number one role, and Nilsson was eventually sent to Bakersfield for a short stint earlier this month. In 26 games with the Oielrs this season Nilsson posted a 0.901 save percentage to go along with a 10-12-2 record and a 3.14 goals against average.
Nilsson, who makes $1M this season, will be a restricted free agent this summer. It would have been unlikely that the Oilers would have made him an offer, so this gets the team something for an asset that they were likely parting ways with in a couple months. And that something is Niklas Lundstrom and a fifth round pick.
Lundstrom, who was a fifth round pick of the Blues in 2011, turned 23 last month and has spent the last two seasons playing hockey in North America, mostly in the ECHL. In 13 games with the Elmira Jackels this season, Lundstrom has a 0.929 save percentage; he also played four games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. There has been no announcement yet, but with Brossoit recalled by the Oilers the Condors have just one goalie right now, Eetu Laurikainen, so Lundstrom could be spending some more time in the AHL this season.