The Edmonton Oilers added a very important piece of the future today, signing first round selection Oscar Klefbom to an entry level deal.
Klefbom’s scouting reports after he was drafted were exceptional. Red Line was crazy about him and said things like “already makes pro style passes — crisp and with touch — and excels at breaking the trap with tremendous stretch passes through the neutral zone, showing great vision.”
That’s crazy good, especially when reading the rest of the story. I am excited to see Klefbom, especially his ability to move the puck. Klefbom’s offense will tell a big story about how much Edmonton will use him. His SEL stats imply a Smid-type offensve player but the scouting reports are miles better.
Some of these kids will be leaving and Klefbom should get more prime time, but I do think the offense will tell the tale about future role. Will he be a 20+ minute a night defender like Smid, with 18 a night at evens and another 3 on the PK? Or will he add two or three minutes a night with PP duty?
I don’t think there’s much question at this point that he’s highly regarded as a prospect, but where will he line up?
I would dearly love to see the Oilers bring him over but it is unlikely to happen. Steve Tambellini told us recently that he’s probably going to stay in the SEL another season. Here’s hoping he can approach the playing time Berglund saw in Farjestad (the graph above).