#3 PROSPECT (winter 2012): OSCAR KLEFBOM

Among the defensive prospects in the Oilers pipeline, Oscar Klefbom offers the best combination of size, skill, mobility and defensive acumen. The multiple good arrows are somewhat offset by his increasing injury difficulties–which include a severe shoulder injury we’re just finding out about now.

The headliner for this story is Klefbom’s shoulder injury. Courtesy Jason Gregor and Oilers Nation:

  • Steve Tambellini: “Well he got into a kind of funny position and just fell on his shoulder from what we understand. We know that Oscar needs to have a few more tests; our doctors are speaking with the doctors that take care of their club there. So it looks like he’s going to need some surgery, but we’ll make sure that we get all of the information first.”

Oiler fans are familiar with shoulder surgeries and their recovery timeline, so we can assume Klefbom will be ready for NHL training camp in 2013 fall. More of a concern though is the lost development time in a key season based on Klefbom’s age.

Summer 2012: #3

Winter 2012: #3

Pre-Draft

  • Bob Mckenzie-21
  • ISS-10
  • Redline-11
  • Redline Report: Klefbom is a real Red Line favorite. He’s certainly the most overlooked of the top prospects, but is the best pure passer of the bunch, and his skating ranks only behind Murphy. He 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. He was also the natural leader on Sweden’s national under-18 team. All this comes wrapped in a 6-3, 196-pound package, and Klefbom has really stepped up the physical aspect of his game over the last 12 months. At Red Line, we believe he might ultimately become the best all-around balance of offensive upside and physical strength in this year’s class.
2012-13
  • Boxcars: 11, 0-3-3 +7
  • Time-on-ice: 17:27
  • D partner (Sanny Lindstrom) via twitter: “We will enjoy as long as we can have Klefbom in Swedish hockey.”
  • Martin Lundén:According to sources who’ve talked to Klefbom the Oilers have tried to persuade Klefbom, offering him a spot on the Oilers roster with guaranteed ice-time, a guarantee that the highly thought of Schultz didn’t receive (or so they say). Klefbom have yet to make up his mind, saying “it’s obviously a lucrative offer” that “makes you think” but “nothing is decided yet and I’ve asked them for more time to make a final decision”.
  • Corey Pronman: ”NHL GM on newly signed Oscar Klefbom. “Physically mature, great skater. Projects to play against best players and some offense.”

Injury Timeline

  • Sept 2/11: Swedish Oil: Klefbom was unlucky enough to get cut on his thigh by an ice skate, the wound was sewn with ten stitches, and when the stitches were removed there was an infection. Now Klefbom is on penicillin which also prohibits him from playing. 
  • Nov 14/11: Sami Hoffrén: Klefbom was hit to the head by a Russian forward and he had to leave the game. Didn’t play in the tournament after that hit. I assume Klefbom suffered a concussion.
  • Nov 19/12: Steve Tambellini: So it looks like he’s going to need some surgery, but we’ll make sure that we get all of the information first.”

The most severe loss of time is the current injury. Only time will tell what kind of impact it has on his development, but Klefbom was a trending defender at the time of his injury.

With Smid, Petry and Justin Schultz in the fold, a rugged shutdown defender would be an outstanding addition. One who could wheel and move the puck up smartly would be a Godsend. Oscar Klefbom has many of the tools we associate with that player type, but from this point forward there’s a “but” that must follow the up arrows.

Oscar Klefbom’s injury history is officically an issue.

 

#3 ranked prospects on December lists:
  • December 2004: C Marc-Antoine Pouliot
  • December 2005: G Devan Dubnyk
  • December 2006: C Marc-Antoine Pouliot
  • December 2007: G Tom Gilbert
  • December 2008: D Theo Peckham
  • December 2009: C Riley Nash
  • December 2010: L Magnus Paajarvi
  • December 2011: D Oscar Klefbom
  • December 2012: D Oscar Klefbom

Ah, hell. Defensemen. Its such a bloody difficult position. Health is such a big issue and once things start falling off it seems like it is only a matter of time. Since summer, the Oilers have had three major injuries to their defensive prospects (Klefbom, Martin Gernat and Brandon Davidson), bringing back memories of Doug Lynch, Alex Plante and the hilarious life and times of Mathieu Roy.

And the guys who stay healthy–like Danny Syvret and Taylor Chorney–are just a little below good enough to grab and hold a big league job.

Klefbom should be healed by fall 2013, and we’ll get a good chance to see him at training camp. Based on his SEL play in those 11 early games, I suspect Klefbom will be in the opening night lineup.

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19 Responses to "#3 PROSPECT (winter 2012): OSCAR KLEFBOM"

  1. spoiler says:

    I suspect Klefbom will be in the opening night lineup.

    I think this depends on whether Klefbom feels 11 games was enough. He might not. He may want to stay. Especially if the Oil are determined to offer him NHL ice time to train with over here, when considering he won’t have played a game in nearly a year, he should probably play 20 in the A.

    OTOH, maybe he wants an NHL paycheque before he has something career-ending.

    Either way, it is tough to speculate at the decision-making of a 19 yo mind, lol. Might pack it all in for beer and chips.

  2. sliderule says:

    This probably means Klefbom will play in AHL next year.

    That is not a bad thing as he will get used to NA ice and game at a lower level rather than being thrown into the NHL fire.

  3. spoiler says:

    sliderule:
    This probably means Klefbom will play in AHL next year.

    That is not a bad thing as he will get used to NA ice and game at a lower level rather than being thrown into the NHL fire.

    So you think the Oilers will take back or renege on their offer, using the injury as an excuse?

  4. Woodguy says:

    I remember being excited at Lynch’s progress in the AHL. All rookie team in 03/04 and an All star as well.

    Fucking injuries.

    Don’t count your magic beans before they sprout.

  5. jfry says:

    This promising of ice time has me worried. No doubt it was offered to JS. But when you look back I start to wonder if it was offered to guys like Lander too? It would help explain a few things, and make our mgt seem even just a little less competent. I mean I date a lot of young women and while sparkly looking, I don’t guarantee them a spot in the rotation — magic beans and immaturity are slow to change.

  6. Jaw17 says:

    Don’t count your magic beans before they sprout.

    Good call Woodguy, the amount of injuries in our prospects is just stupid

  7. slopitch says:

    Klefbom should be the piece we move in the wow trade no? Let someone else bank on his ability to make up lost development time.

  8. Rocknrolla says:

    Full NHLPA proposal via Pierre LeBrunn. Quite detailed….hopefully this gets it done.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/20329/complete-nhlpa-offer-to-the-nhl

  9. jp says:

    jfry:
    This promising of ice time has me worried. No doubt it was offered to JS. But when you look back I start to wonder if it was offered to guys like Lander too? It would help explain a few things, and make our mgt seem even just a little less competent.I mean I date a lot of young women and while sparkly looking, I don’t guarantee them a spot in the rotation — magic beans and immaturity are slow to change.

    Interesting point. One would hope that these aren’t true guarantees, but more along the lines of “we think you’re ready to play in the NHL and if you come over you’ll get every chance to prove you are”. Would make a lot of sense re: Lander’s situation though. Everyone could see he was kept up way too long.

  10. prairieschooner says:

    JS said he was not offered guaranteed 1st team ice time (and he did not want it, to his credit)
    It would undermine the team to do that, so I would take that with a grain of salt.
    I can not imagine coach Kreuger offering that to any player
    How desperate would you have to be to do something like that?

  11. frenchfrog says:

    Where would elite prospects Sergei Shirokov, Bill Sweatt (Kesler v 2.0) and Jordan Schroeder go on this list? 1/2/3 probably?

  12. rickithebear says:

    Musil & Yakupov exempt camp invites.

    Next year.
    XXX-Petry Nuts not to reign Smid long term
    XXX-N. Schultz
    XXX-J.Schultz
    Peckham-Potter
    Musil-KLefbom

  13. spoiler says:

    I’d like to see the Oil take a run at Douglas Murray. Would be both a replacement and an improvement on the Sutton role. Would make a great mentor for Klefbom too.

  14. Truth says:

    frenchfrog:
    Where would elite prospects Sergei Shirokov, Bill Sweatt (Kesler v 2.0) and Jordan Schroeder go on this list? 1/2/3 probably?

    I can imagine they would be 1/2/3 on the Oilers top 25 under 25.

  15. VOR says:

    frenchfrog, truth:

    I assume we are playing some version of how bare the Canuck’s cupboard is -

    Shirokov (who is 26) bolts to the KHL and all they get for him is the rights to Mike Duco who they can’t sign or won’t.

    Schroeder scores like MPS but isn’t as big, as fast, or anywhere near as solid defensively.

    Sweatt will be out of hockey at the end of this year if his scoring in the AHL keeps getting worse which is starting to look like a trend.

    Boy the Canucks drafting and player development stink.

  16. Truth says:

    VOR,

    My mistake, Shirokov wouldn’t fit the criteria in that case.

    LT:

    No OKC vs Texas Stars write up today? That’s ok , I’ll give the post game breakdown right now.

    OKC loses 6-5

    Notable point totals:

    Eberle 1G – 2 A
    RNH -1G – 1A
    Hall – 2G – 2A
    Schultz – 2A
    Lander – 1st goal of the year.

  17. commonfan14 says:

    spoiler: Nuts not to reign Smid long term

    So if the season and this contract year are wiped out, I wonder how long an exclusive window we’ll have to negotiate with Smid, Gagner, and Whitney (not to mention Khabby).

    Google tells me they only had about 2 weeks from the deal getting signed to free agency day last time. Not a lot of time to hammer out important deals.

    Google also reminded me that the players got the UFA age reduced from 31 to 27 last time. I’d love to have a PA rep sit me down and explain the idea that they got killed in that negotiation.

  18. Woodguy says:

    spoiler:
    I’d like to see the Oil take a run at Douglas Murray. Would be both a replacement and an improvement on the Sutton role. Would make a great mentor for Klefbom too.

    I’ve been a Murray fan for a long time, but I don’t think he can skate at NHL speed anymore.

    Murray makes Sutton look like Coffey.

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