Goaltender Nilsson done in Long Island, heading to KHL

By Jared Clinton (@JPDClinton)

With the Islanders signing of Jaroslav Halak, and New York landing its starting goaltender, Anders Nilsson is taking his game across the pond, signing what appears to be a one-year deal with the KHL’s Ak Bars Kazan. The deal was first reported by Igor Eronko of SportsBox.ru.

In 29 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2013-14, Nilsson posted a 2.81 GAA and .901 SV%, a sizeable regression from his rookie North American season.

Drafted in the third round of the 2009 entry draft, the 6’5″ goaltender made his debut in North American play in 2011-12, posting a 2.42 GAA and incredible .921 SV%. Nilsson regressed the following season, but got the call in 2013-14 to spot start for the Islanders.

In 18 games in the NHL this season, the 24-year-old goaltender looked shaky. With a 3.11 GAA and .896 SV% in his short stint in the NHL, it was assumed Nilsson’s play would leave him out of consideration for the starting role with the Isles.

The terms of the deal have not been announced.

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