Anders Nilsson (ice hockey)

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Anders Nilsson
Anders Nilsson - New York Islanders.jpg
Anders Nilsson in 2014
Born (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 27)
Luleå, Sweden
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Luleå HF
New York Islanders
Ak Bars Kazan
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 62nd overall, 2009
New York Islanders
Playing career 2009–present

Bengt Per Anders Nilsson (born 19 March 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nilsson was drafted 62nd overall by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

On 27 April 2011, the New York Islanders signed Nilsson to a three-year entry-level contract.[1]

He made his NHL debut on 19 November 2011, against the Boston Bruins, in relief of Rick DiPietro. He let in 3 goals on 17 shots, while playing 40 minutes, as the Islanders lost 6-0. He got his first start in the NHL on 21 November 2011, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On 4 March 2012, he earned his first NHL victory and shutout in a 1-0 home win against the New Jersey Devils. In doing so, he became the first goalie in Islanders history to record a shutout for his first win.[2] In his next start, on 10 March 2012, he almost shutout the Devils a second time, but the Devils scored two goals in the last two minutes of the game, resulting in a 2-1 loss for the Islanders.

Nilsson saw limited action with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2012–13, as he was diagnosed with an unknown, fatigue-inducing illness in January 2013. The illness was later determined to be a vitamin B12 deficiency.[3]

Nilsson spent much of the 2013–14 season as the Islanders' backup goaltender.

On 26 May 2014, as a restricted free agent, Nilsson decided to sign a contract with Russian club, Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.[4] Ak Bars issued a release confirming the signing.[5] On 4 October 2014, Nilsson's NHL rights were traded by the Islanders to the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for Nick Leddy.[6]

On 6 July 2015, Nilsson's NHL rights were traded for a second time, from the Blackhawks to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for prospect Liam Coughlin.[7] He in turn agreed to a one-year, one-way contract with the Oilers. Nilsson earned a spot on the Oilers roster after a stellar training camp, not allowing a single goal in the preseason. In the 2015–16 season, Nilsson appeared in a career high 26 games with the Oilers, sharing the pipes with Cam Talbot, before he was traded approaching the trade deadline by the Oilers to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Niklas Lundström and the Blues fifth round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on 27 February 2016.[8]

On July 2, 2016, Nilsson as a restricted free agent was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2017 fifth round draft pick.[9]

In December 2016, Nilsson began wearing a mask with a gay pride flag painted on the back as a sign that ice hockey welcomes diversity. He drew praised from Wade Davis, executive director of the You Can Play campaign, who said that Nilsson "is taking a risk on multiple fronts and is standing up for something that he believes in, knowing the backlash that could come his way."[10]

International play[edit]

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Nilsson with Team Sweden.
Medal record
Representing Sweden Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Belarus
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Canada

Nilsson represented Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships which were held in Saskatchewan, Canada. He only played in one game during the tournament, as Jacob Markström was the starter. Sweden won a bronze medal at the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Luleå HF J20 1 24 4 0 9.90 .692
2007–08 Luleå HF J20 16 898 31 2 2.07 .926 1 0 1 60 6 0 6.00 .786
2008–09 Luleå HF J20 37 2199 75 0 2.05 .927 6 357 14 1 2.35 .935
2008–09 Luleå HF SEL 1 28 0 0 0.00 1.00
2009–10 Luleå HF J20 4 244 12 0 2.95 .899
2009–10 Luleå HF SEL 27 1383 61 2 2.65 .897
2010–11 Luleå HF SEL 31 1876 60 6 1.92 .918 13 827 27 0 1.96 .931
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 4 1 2 0 218 10 1 2.75 .911
2011–12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 25 15 8 2 1441 58 1 2.41 .921
2012–13 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 21 8 11 0 1208 60 1 2.98 .899
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 19 8 7 2 1101 57 0 3.11 .896
2013–14 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 29 12 14 2 1683 79 2 2.81 .901
2014–15 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 38 20 9 8 2247 64 5 1.71 .936 20 13 7 1206 31 6 1.54 .935
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 10 12 2 1403 74 0 3.14 .901
2015–16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 2 2 0 0 120 4 0 2.01 .935
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 1 0 88 4 0 2.75 .909
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 10 10 4 1485 66 1 2.67 .923
SHL totals 59 3287 121 8 2.21 .928 13 827 27 0 1.96 .931
NHL totals 78 29 32 8 4,304 211 2 2.94 .908
KHL totals 38 20 9 8 2247 64 5 1.71 .936 20 13 7 1206 31 6 1.54 .935

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010 Sweden WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .875
2014 Sweden WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 6 2 0 545 14 2 1.54 .937
2015 Sweden WC 5th 3 1 2 0 154 7 0 2.73 .899
Junior totals 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .875
Senior totals 12 7 4 0 699 21 2 1.80 .928

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