Anders Nilsson
Anders Nilsson
29-Year-Old GoalieG
Ottawa Senators
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Traded to Ottawa in January, Nilsson will stay in Canada's capital for the 2019-20 campaign, as he signed a two-year, $5.2 million deal with the Senators in May. After a rough start to the year with the Canucks, Nilsson found his game with Ottawa, posting a .914 save percentage in 24 appearances. Overall, the Swedish backstop went 14-19-1 with a .908 save percentage and 2.97 GAA in 36 appearances last season. Nilsson outplayed fellow Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson down the stretch, but with a new head coach arriving, he'll probably have to win the job during training camp to become the full-time starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.2 million contract with the Senators in May of 2019.
Tending twine in Vegas
GOttawa Senators
October 16, 2019
Nilsson will get the road start against the Golden Knights on Thursday, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Nilsson was lit up for five goals by the Blues in his only start of the season, and a matchup won't get any easier against the Golden Knights. Through seven games, Vegas ranks seventh in the league with 3.71 goals per game so far and sixth with a 29.2 power-play percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Nilsson had an up-and-down 2017-18 season with the Canucks, appearing in a career-high 27 games but also struggling to a career-worst 3.44 GAA and an atrocious .901 save percentage. The lanky 28-year-old goaltender was given a chance to win the No. 1 job when Jacob Markstrom was hurt or struggled, but so far in his career, he hasn't shown he's capable of handling such responsibilities. His consistency was worrisome and he never flashed the ability to steal games. Nilsson will remain the team's backup but doesn't seem to have a long-term role with the team as they groom Thatcher Demko to be the franchise goalie. He's a good handcuff to Markstrom for fantasy owners but otherwise provides little value other than the rare spot start.
On the surface, Nilsson’s .923 save percentage from last year looks good, but a deeper dive into his numbers reveals a Jekyll-and-Hyde split between his performances at home and on the road. He went 7-1-1 with a .938 save percentage in Buffalo, but 3-9-3 with a .911 save percentage everywhere else. However, that was still enough for Vancouver to bring him on with a two-year, $5 million deal to back up Jacob Markstrom. Nilsson has not shown that he can be a reliable No. 1, but he may get the chance if Markstrom struggles or suffers an injury. Regardless, his upside will be capped on a Vancouver team that isn't expected to be a serious contender.
Nilsson hasn’t fared very well during his brief stops with the Islanders, Oilers and Blues; in 52 career NHL appearances, has a woeful .900 save percentage and 3.09 GAA. The Sabres have a few promising goaltenders in the system, but none of them are ready for the big time. Nilsson is likely a temporary solution, but his track record suggests he’s never been able to solve NHL shooters and won’t see much action until he earns the team’s trust. He’s lanky and covers a lot of the net, but seems to have trouble reading and reacting to the speed of the play, so the 26-year-old will need a good showing in training camp to solidify his status as the team’s current backup. That said, the Swede took a star turn in the KHL two years ago, so there's potential here.
Don’t look now, but Nilsson could become the backup goalie in Oil Country, replacing Ben Scrivens. And if it doesn’t happen right out of camp, it could come before the season is too old. The Oil acquired his rights from the Blackhawks and promptly signed him to a one-year, one-way deal for $1 million. His overall NHL numbers -- 9-9-0, 3.05 GAA, and .898 save percentage -- don’t inspire confidence. But he played much better in the KHL in 2014-15, turning in a 20-9-8 record with a 1.71 GAA and .936 save percentage in 36 games. Sure, it's a lesser league, but Nilsson looked every part of the profile of today’s money goalies. His size (6-foot-5, 227 pounds), raw skill, and age means he could be a true diamond in the rough. Watch the battle in camp carefully.
Nilsson played pretty awfully when given a chance to start last season. Seeing the writing on the wall that he was going to be playing in the AHL this season, Nilsson elected to sign a contract and play in the KHL.
Nilsson posted subpar numbers last season in the AHL but is still currently third on the depth chart for the organization. A strong camp for Nilsson and a weak one by Kevin Poulin could find Nilsson on Long Island in October but more than likely he will be the first goaltender called up should Poulin or Evgeni Nabokov suffer an injury.
Nilsson is currently second or third on the Isles depth chart behind Evgeni Nabokov, but is certainly a young netminder to monitor. Nilsson recorded a 1-2-1 record in four starts and a shutout last season while with the big club. Depending upon how this season goes for the Islanders, either Nilsson or Kevin Poulin could be ready to take over the reigns as starting goalie as early as the 2013-14 campaign. Remember his name in keeper leagues and expect him to see a few starts if the Isles suffer any injuries to their netminders.
At 6-foot-5 and 220-pounds, Nilsson is a huge netminder, but also athletic and agile. The Islanders are loaded in net and Nilsson has little to no chance of playing for the Isles this season. Even a starting job in Bridgeport of the AHL is unlikely as that may be Kevin Poulin's job.
Nilsson was the Islanders third round choice in the 2008 draft. A curious move by the Isles as they have Rick DiPietro under contract until the end of time and drafted a goalie in the second round of that draft as well. Nilsson still could make the NHL next season if he performs well and/or DiPietro continues his history of injury problems.
Taken in the third round of the 2009 Entry Draft, Nilsson is a big netminder the Islanders will wait to develop and adapt to North American hockey. He is expected to return to Sweden for the 2009-10 season.
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No match for defending champs
GOttawa Senators
October 10, 2019
Nilsson yielded five goals on 36 shots in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Blues.
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Facing defending champions
GOttawa Senators
October 9, 2019
Nilsson will guard the cage during Thursday's home game against the Blues.
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Gets starting nod against Habs
GOttawa Senators
September 27, 2019
Nilsson will be between the pipes for Saturday's preseason tilt versus Montreal.
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Between pipes Monday
GOttawa Senators
September 23, 2019
Nilsson will guard the cage for Monday's preseason matchup with Vancouver.
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Making preseason debut
GOttawa Senators
September 17, 2019
Nilsson will get the start in goal in Ottawa's preseason opener against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
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