With Brian Elliott expected to miss up to a month with a lower body injury, the St. Louis Blues have acquired some help in goal.
St. Louis dealt goaltender Niklas Lundstrom and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Anders Nilsson, the Blues announced on Saturday.
Nilsson has been assigned to Chicago’s American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.
The 25-year-old made 26 appearances with Edmonton this season posting a 10-12-2 record to go along with a .901 save percentage and a 3.14 G.A.A. Nilsson also posted a 2-0-0 record in two AHL games with the Bakersfield Condors.
The 6-foot-5, 229-pound Swede is on a one-year, $1 million contract and scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July.
Lundstrom split this season between the East Coast Hockey League's Elmira Jackals and the Chicago Wolves. Originally the Blues fifth-round selection at the 2011 NHL draft, the 23-year-old posted an 8-3-0 record in 13 appearances with the Jackals and a 1-1-0 record in four games with the Wolves.
Nilsson gives the Blues some experience behind Jake Allen while Elliott recovers from a lower body injury suffered on Monday.
“It has to be a player that can go to the minors when (Elliott) gets back or else we’re over the cap,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said on Friday of acquiring a goaltender. “Guys have to go to the minors when we get healthy, that’s the way it is.”
Elliott, who is 17-7-6 in 34 games this season, will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
The 30-year-old was placed on long-term injured reserve on Tuesday.
In a separate transaction, the Oilers recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the Bakersfield Condors.