Found April 26, 2013 on
(Photo by: Steven Christy)
Texas Stars' goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp seeks the Calder Cup in his first career season in North America. Nilstorp acquired some experience in the NHL playing with the NHL affiliate Dallas Stars while Kari Lehtonen was injured.
The 29 year old played for Farjestads in the Swedish Elitserien where he was, "one of the best goaltenders in the league," according to Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild. In 2011, Nilstorpled his club to win the SEL championship.
Dallas signed Nilstorp to a harmless one year, one million dollar deal in order to "test" him in North America. After a season of playing in the AHL, the Stars' organization will see where to go from there.
Playing with Texas, Nilstorp posted four shutouts in 39 games and has a record of 19-13-3.
Nilstorp is known for being very calm and focused, especially in big moments. His focus on and off the ice is what has made him not only a good goaltender on the ice, but off the ice as well. Rarely will he ever talk to his team mates during a TV timeout, not because he doesn't like them, but rather blocks them out.
At 6'3", Nilstorp plays deep in his net, similar to the other Swedish native Henrik Lundqvist. Nilstorp doesn't come out to cut the angle down often when challenging a shot, but when he does, he stops short from the top of the crease and doesn't fully go on top of it.
Doing so allows him to not have to make as many movements and shortens his distance to the post. With his height, he can get away with it.
Nilstorp has excellent leg reach. Quick movements, size and flexibility is all key to becoming a goaltender in the NHL. He has it right now, but will have to correct a few more things before it is set in stone that he is an NHL goaltender.
Here is how to beat Nilstorp.
Blocker Side: Nilstorp uses the southpaw--it doesn't mean anything, but just a note. He has trouble redirecting the puck away with the stick in his hands. This is his greatest weakness as a rookie in the league.
Traffic in front, shoot five hole: Nilstorp tends to leave the five hole open when a player is screening him. He tries to get as much coverage as he can by making his legs as wide as they can when he has lack of vision.
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