The Islanders have just selected goaltender Anders Nilsson with the No. 62 pick, the fifth ranked European Goaltender.
NHL.com: Andres Nilsson profile along with Hockey Forecaster.
Junior Team: Lulea Jr (Swe-Jr)
Final Rank: European 5th
Born: March 19th 1990 Birthplace: Sweden
Height: 6’5” Weight: 220lbs
Another hulking Scandinavian goalie, Anders Nilsson has been flying under the radar for a draft crammed with talented Swedes. With that said many are comparing the Lulea goaltender as a younger, perhaps more consistent Mikko Koskinen who, unlike the breakout Finn, has enjoyed two good seasons tallying a .927 save percentage in his first year as a starter last season.
Noted as a consistent performer at the junior level, Nilsson even enjoyed 27 minutes in a senior Elitserien net allowing zero goals on ten shots. Believed to be technically sound, Nilsson is an intelligent reader of the game who challenges shooters in a tight butterfly.
Like many an unsung European junior, Nilsson has an air of quality about him that suggests a deep draft position will offer great value.