I don't understand why the myths on Robert Nilsson continue to exist.
"He's not a good 5 on 5 player"
"He's too soft"
"He's a poor defensive player"
"He's one dimensional"
I don't pay too much stock into fans' scouting reports - they tend to overexaggerate and make a movie based on a few snapshots - in the end, it's about the numbers and counting results.
How about these numbers:
-26th in the league in EV PTS/60.
-2nd on the Oilers in EV PTS/60 - only behind Shawn Horcoff
-5th on the Oilers with regards to EV GA/60 - only behind Stortini, Glencross, Torres, and surprisingly Matt Greene.
-Team leading +8 EV+/EV- (+/- after filtering out PP GA, and empty net goals against).
In Summary: Robert Nilsson is murdering his opponents 5 on 5, soft minutes or not. His EV +/- is very respectable on a poor 5 on 5 team, and the guy simply creates offense when given a chance.
He's a guy you look at locking up 4-5 years at a respectable figure - setting yourself up with an employee who will overperform the contract terms.