2008-09 With Lulea Jr., Anders Nilsson was impressive. In 37 games, he recorded a 2.05 goals against average, .927 save percentage, and four shutouts.
2009-10: Nilsson continued his time with Lulea, appearing in 27 games with the SEL Club, posting a measly .897 Save Percentage and 2.65 GAA. He would also suit up in one game for Sweden at the World Juniors, where he won a Bronze Medal.
2010-11: Nilsson was one of the starting goalie for Lulea in Sweden’s Elitserien, finishing 18-13 with 6 shutouts and a 1.89 GAA and .920 save percentage. After finishing fourth in the Elitserien regular season, Lulea advanced to the playoff semifinals. Nilsson was 6-7 in 13 playoff games with a 1.96 GAA and .931 save percentage.
2011-12: Nilsson made his NHL debut, appearing in two games in November and two more in March, and played in 25 games for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate Bridgeport in his first season in North America. He got his only NHL win on March 4th, recording 24 saves in a 1-0 shutout of New Jersey. He finished 1-2 with a 2.75 goals against and .911 save percentage. Nilsson was 15-10 for Bridgeport with 1 shutout and had a 2.42 goals against and .911 save percentage.
2012-13: Nilsson played 21 games for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport in his second season in North America – missing nearly three months due to a mysterious illness that was eventually diagnosed as food allergies and a vitamin deficiency. One of four goalies to suit up for Bridgeport, he was 8-11 with 1 shutout and had a 2.98 goals against and .899 save percentage. The Sound Tigers missed the AHL playoffs after finishing third in the Northeast Division. Nilsson was with the Islanders during their NHL playoff series with Pittsburgh but did not appear in any games.
A huge goaltender that is technically skilled. Nilsson has good hockey smarts plays with calmness and has good mental strength. Challenges the shooters and has been very consistent during his career, rarely having bad games. Furthermore, he is athletic and quite agile.
Nilsson was dealt by the Edmonton Oilers to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fifth round pick.