Young Klefbom is having an electric start to his 19-year old season in the SEL. 9, 0-3-3 +7 and he’s playing 19 minutes a night. The +7 leads all SEL defenders and the verbal I’m reading is pretty bloody positive. His D partner (Sanny Lindstrom) tweeted “We will enjoy as long as we can have Klefbom in Swedish hockey” the other day, that’s pretty positive.
When we discuss the 19-year old seasons for these men, it’s usually a CHL or NCAA player and we should expect some domination. However, Klefbom is playing in a pro league with men. For him to be leading the league in plus minus, playing top 4 minutes this early, and on pace for 15 or so points this year means he’s improved across the board (in his 9 SEL games).
When Bettman cancels the season and we’re free to speculate about 2013-14 (or 2014-15), I think at this point we should include Klefbom and Justin Schultz in the top 6. The kids ahead of Klefbom on the Oilers depth chart aren’t going to decide his timeline, Klefbom will.
And right now he looks pretty impatient.
Justin Schultz scored a goal and played well in a 4-0 drubbing of Houston by the OKC Barons. This isn’t a huge item–exhibition games aren’t the regular season–but its nice to see him use his God-given talents and put up a goal in his first game.
Martin Marincin (tendonitis in his shoulder), Martin Gernat (shoulder surgery) and David Musil (off to a very nice start in Vancouver) round out the ‘fab 5′ hopefuls on D for Edmonton’s future. Those damn injuries will have their say, the current maladies of the Martin’s is a reminder.
- Lots of action today. Belleville plays (Daniil Zharkov) as does Kitchener (Rieder); Zharkov has 2 points in 4 games, Rieder 6 points in 5.
- Kyle Bigos and Merrimack get underway tonight, with Bigos chasing a famous record. He enters this season with 346 career penalty minutes. The 6-foot-5 California native needs just 54 more – he racked up 125 last season – to break the program’s all-time record of 400, set by “Two-Minute” Tom Costa from 1992-96.