Amid talk of men like Denis Grebeshkov possibly returning to the Oilers next season comes word that Oscar Klefbom is recovering well. This story by Ryan Dittrick uncovers a lot of previously unknown information about the injury and his recovery.
A couple of items:
- Dittrick: Back on Oct. 9 in a Swedish Elite League game vs. Vaxjo, Klefbom was nudged from behind with what he deemed to be a “dirty hit,” sending him heavily into the boards. On the six-hour, through-the-night bus ride home to Karlstad, the defenceman experienced bleeding in the surrounding muscle and required the use of a sling.
Ack! Dirty hit and then a bus ride from hell. Bonus points for a shoulder injury, the official injury of your. Edmonton. Oilers.
- Klefbom on how it feels: “It feels pretty good. It’s been a couple months now, the process has been good and I’m really quite happy with how everything has gone. The surgery and recovery so far has gone quite well. The Oilers have five games here at Rexall Place over the next two weeks, so we arranged for me to come here, watch some games, meet the guys in the locker room and get a check-up from the doctors as well.”
Dittrick is an edmontonoilers.com reporter and my thanks to him for getting information out about the nature of the hit. I don’t really understand why access to these kids is so limited, but at least the question was asked and answered.