Anders Nilsson’s Injury Remains a Mystery

Kevin Schultz

Over the weekend, Kenny Reiter started Saturday and Sunday’s games for the Sound Tigers, after Kevin Poulin was called up to the Island. Missing was Anders Nilsson, the Islanders other young goaltending prospect in the AHL, who hasn’t been seen on the ice in February.

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:

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.”

Now it seems Nilsson is out again with another mystery injury and no one’s really sure what it is. Nilsson hasn’t played in February, which led to the chain reaction of goaltending in Bridgeport; Reiter called up from the ECHL earlier in the month and Valiquette being signed to a PTO over the weekend while Rick DiPietro took the weekend off (DiPietro is supposed to report today).

On February 1st, coach Scott Pellerin was still mum on the subject, almost mirroring the quote above from October.

Earlier this week, Mike Flannery caught up with Nilsson who either didn’t know what was wrong or wouldn’t say:

“Feeling pretty good right now but we’re still not sure what is wrong.” After I pressed further he said, “My B-12 is low and we need more tests.”

I told him to take care of number one first, that hockey would always be there next year. His response, typical of any athlete and every hockey player was “I’ll be back this this season.”

What’s ailing Nilsson, who despite the missed time has still played 19 games this season, continues to remain a mystery.