Announce they've signed Anders Nilsson RT @ak_bars_ru ? ??? ?????? ????? ??????? (?????-?????? ?? "?? ????") http://t.co/qhQdZo9wJo? Michael Fornabaio (@fornabaioctp) May 28, 2014Original Post: Anders Nilsson is leaving the Islanders, according to the Russian sports website Sportbox.ru.The Swedish goaltender has reportedly signed a deal with AK Bars of the KHL. Nilsson is a restricted free agent and recently said that he did not want to play in the AHL next season.?My hope and my goal is to play in the NHL," he told Expressen.se. "But I do not want to play in the AHL. So it will not be the NHL so it will be well anywhere in Europe.?The 24-year-old netminder appeared in 19 games for the Islanders last season. In that span he went 8-7-0, with a goals against average of 3.11 and a save percentage of .898. Since being drafted in 2009 by the Isles he has played in a total of 23 NHL contests.
On Twitter Magnus, also known as @SwedishIslander, provided a quick translation of what the article discussed:
[sny-box]AN says he's been lacking B12 vitamin. He's been constantly tired though he's been sleeping 10-12 hours a night. He's happy to finally know what's been wrong but now he's a little bit better and has begun practicing again.[/sny-box]
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In October, Nilsson missed the start of the season due to an unknown illness. The team wouldn't say what was up and the CT Post's Mike Fornabaio didn't know either. From October 25:
[sny-box]If you?re puzzled by Anders Nilsson?s absence, sounds like you?re not the only one. ?He?s not feeling 100 percent well when he?s on the ice,? Scott Pellerin said. ?He?s not 100 percent.?[/sny-box]
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The Sound Tigers currently sit in second, two behind Springfield and four ahead of Adirondack, with an 8-3 record. It's happened for a lot of reasons; there's not really one part of the team that's carrying them. They're getting solid goaltending from both Kevin Poulin and Anders Nillson, the defense is playing well, and there are the two first round picks in Brock Nelson and Nino Niederreiter, who each have a 7-6-13 line and lead the team in scoring.
Nelson's emergence in his first professional year is excellent news. The Islanders moved up in the 2010 draft to the very end of the first round to grab Nelson, and it's still very early but it seems as though that is already paying off. He's scored a goal in each game thus far in November continuing the offensive prowess he showed at North Dakota and, as LHH writes in a recent profile, has been given lots of special teams time indicative of someone who isn't just a point producer:
Two Saturdays ago, Anders Nilsson was scheduled to start the Sound Tigers' second game of the year; their home opener against Providence. Nilsson was scratched from starting shortly before game time leading to Kevin Poulin getting his second start in as many nights, having also started the night before against the CT Whale.
As for Grabner, who signed with his hometown team of Villacher SV late last week, the team didn't waste any time trying to capitalize on merchandise opportunities. They cleverly labeled the Grabner jersey t-shirt as a 'limited edition' but who knows, it could be a year long engagement depending on how things go here in North America.
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