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

Anders Nilsson
Anders Nilsson - New York Islanders.jpg
Nilsson with the Islanders in 2014
Born (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 29)
Luleå, Sweden
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Luleå HF
New York Islanders
Ak Bars Kazan
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Buffalo Sabres
Vancouver Canucks
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 62nd overall, 2009
New York Islanders
Playing career 2009–present

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Playing careerEdit

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

Nilsson 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 2 July 2016, Nilsson as a restricted free agent was traded from the Blues to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2017 fifth round draft pick.[9] During the 2016–17 season, 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 praise 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]

After a successful tenure with the Sabres, serving as backup to Robin Lehner, Nilsson left as a free agent in signing a two-year, $5 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on 1 July 2017.[11]

During the 2018–19 season, on 2 January 2019, he was traded by the Canucks along with Darren Archibald to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Mike McKenna, Tom Pyatt and a sixth-round draft pick in 2019. He was acquired by the Senators following injuries to goaltenders Mike Condon and Craig Anderson.[12] In 22 starts for the Senators, Nilsson went (11-11-0).

On 29 May 2019, the Senators re-signed Nilsson to a two-year, $5.2 million contract extension with an annual average of $2.6 million.[13]

International playEdit

 
Nilsson with Team Sweden.
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2014 Belarus
  2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
  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. He won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Personal lifeEdit

Nilsson is married to Emelie Nevanperä and they have one child together. Nilsson has another son from a previous relationship with Fernanda Nilsson. Nevanperä also has a child from a previous relationship.[14] For his son's second birthday he dressed up as Spider-Man.[15]

On 8 November 2017, Nilsson announced the birth of his son on his official Instagram.[16]

Nilsson is an open supporter of the LGBT+ community.[17] While with the Buffalo Sabres, he became the first NHL goaltender to put a rainbow flag on their mask.[18][19]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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 0 0 0 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 10 12 2 1383 61 2 2.65 .897
2010–11 Luleå HF SEL 31 18 13 0 1876 60 6 1.92 .918 13 6 7 827 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
2017–18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 7 14 4 1464 84 2 3.44 .901
2018–19 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 3 8 1 718 37 0 3.09 .895
2018–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 11 11 0 1322 64 2 2.90 .914
SHL totals 59 28 25 2 3,287 121 8 2.21 .928 13 6 7 827 27 0 1.96 .931
NHL totals 141 50 65 13 7,808 396 6 3.04 .907
KHL totals 38 20 9 8 2,247 64 5 1.71 .936 20 13 7 1,206 31 6 1.54 .935

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010 Sweden WJC   1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .875
2014 Sweden WC   9 6 2 0 545 14 2 1.54 .937
2015 Sweden WC 5th 3 1 2 0 154 7 0 2.73 .899
2018 Sweden WC   7 7 0 0 440 8 3 1.09 .954
Junior totals 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .875
Senior totals 19 14 4 0 1139 29 5 1.53 .938

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ New York Islanders - Islanders Agree to Entry-Level Contract with Nilsson - New York Islanders -News
  2. ^ Nilsson stops 24 shots for 1st NHL win and Islanders blank Devils 1-0
  3. ^ Anders Nilsson Healthy And Focused For 2013-14 Season
  4. ^ "Report: Olver Nilsson Sign with KHL Clubs". Pro Hockey Talk/NBC Sports. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Андерс Нильссон: Рекордсмен "Айлэндерс" И Лучший Вратарь Шведской Лиги". Pro Hockey Talk/NBC Sports. 27 May 2014. Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Blackhawks acquire prospects from Islanders for Leddy". Chicago Blackhawks. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Oilers acquire Anders Nilsson". Edmonton Oilers. 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Oilers deal Anders Nilsson to Blues for prospect Niklas Lundstrom and 5th round pick". Edmonton Journal. 27 February 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Sabres acquire Nilsson from Blues". Buffalo Sabres. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  10. ^ Vogl, John (4 December 2016). "Inside the Sabres: Nilsson proudly waves pride flag". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Canucks sign Del Zotto, Nilsson and Gagner". The Sports Network. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Senators acquire Anders Nilsson and Darren Archibald from Vancouver". National Hockey League. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Senators re-sign goaltender Anders Nilsson to a two-year contract". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  14. ^ Canucks Welcome Baby Nilsson. NHL.com. 10 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson goes full Spider-Man for son's birthday". Sportsnet. 22 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Yesterday was the magic day when we got to welcome our baby boy Loui to this world. 56,5 cm long and 3780 grams. Mom did an amazing job and both her and Loui are doing great. 11.08.17". andersnilsson31 Intragram. 11 November 2017.
  17. ^ Iain MacIntyre (19 February 2018). "Anders Nilsson fights for LGBTQ rights as he fights through tough season". sportsnet,ca. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Inspired Anders Nilsson puts rainbow flag on mask". NHL.com. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  19. ^ Frida Söderlund (1 August 2018). "Guldhjälten: "Då hade jag slutat spela"". aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 February 2019.

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