The Oilers have “4 lights” of depth in the system and more on the way. The problem for Edmonton is that all of them are miles away.
Oscar Klefbom is the best blue prospect in the system. I ranked him #3 in the winter top 20, ahead of Martin Marincin, Martin Gernat and David Musil. Described as a raw prospect with a lot to learn about defense, he’s also touted as someone who will post enough offense to be considered a 2-way type in the NHL. However, as with Ladislav Smid before him Klefbom isn’t posting numbers that we would associate with a future 25-35 point NHL defender.
- Smid at 17: CZE 45, 1-1-2
- Klefbom at 17: SEL 23, 1-1-2 8:50TOI
- Smid at 18: CZE 39, 1-3-4
- Klefbom at 18: SEL 33, 2-0-2 13:43TOI
- Smid at 19: AHL 71, 3-25-28
The NHLE’s for each of the seasons above are 1-2-3 (Smid at 17); 3-3-6 (Klefbom at 17); 2-4-6 (Smid at 18); 2-2-4 (Klefbom at 18); 2-12-14 (Smid at 19). Four of those 5 seasons are identical, with Smid’s AHL season being “wind-aided” via 3-11-14 on the PP. His evens NHLE season at 19 with Portland? 0-7-7.
I understand the TOI totals are low, but even if you double up the icetime this kid is basically Don Awrey. Maybe we should look at the depth chart and the time on ice.
FARJESTAD BLUE DEPTH CHART AND TIME ON ICE 11-12
|MARTIN SEVC (LEAVING)||50||5||11||16||22:53|
|KRISTOFER BERGLUND (LEAVING)||51||0||10||10||18:32|
|JONAS FROGREN (LEAVING)||33||0||0||0||16:27|
Klefbom passed along some intel about the Farjestad blue in 12-13 courtesy Martin Lundén. Sevc, Berglund and Frogren are leaving, and that should mean bigger minutes for youngsters Brodin and Klefbom. The TOI combined with the depth chart (our man is 8 of 9 on the depth chart and didn’t pleay in a lot of games) suggests he was indeed a back of the roster option in 11-12.
I think we should probably wait and see about the offense. Klefbom will get a real shot this winter and based on WJ viewings he has some dynamic puck moving ability. If he gets the big minutes and can’t deliver offensively, I think it might be time to start talking about Klefbom as a future Laddy: a stay-at-home defender with good speed and limited offense.
And if that’s true, then the list of possible blue with a wide range of skills is down to Marincin, Gernat, and then Blain and Davidson if they sign. The nature of the hockey defense building business tells us some make it, some do not and sometimes they all fall in the river.
I don’t think the Oilers are deep enough at the position in any area: NHL, AHL or bubbling under.