TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL #10: OSCAR KLEFBOM

For the first time in ages, the ‘future is now’ will be replaced by ‘he’ll be here as soon as he’s ready’ in regard to the Oilers top end prospects. For Oscar Klefbom, the time in OKC is probably fewer than 50 AHL games.

NHL RE 13-14: 20, 0-3-3

They took him #19, Redline loved him at #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.

Even more encouraging, new GM Craig MacTavish fairly gushed about him in the spring:

  • MacT:Klefbom is a guy everybody is anxiously awaiting to come into our lineup. It’s always dangerous to have too high of expectations for a young player, but he’s a very complete player for such a young player, so I think he’s going to really help back there”
  • More MacT: “It’s never a bad thing to get a little of experience in the American Hockey League, but he’s very, very close because he did play last year against men (in the Swedish Elite League) for a short period of time before he got hurt.”

In coming up with this RE, I’m guessing Klefbom will be a little rusty after the long layoff, and his timing will take more than a dozen games to come back to level. That delay is likely enough to get him some time in the minors, and at age 20 (his birthday was July 20th) there’s no shame in spending the rest of 2013 in Oklahoma City. It’s interesting to see the number of AHL games played by recent Oiler-drafted defenders before their elevation to the NHL:

  • Matt Greene 26 games (graduated age 22)
  • Jeff Petry 49 games (graduated age 22)
  • Theo Peckham 143 games (graduated age 22)

Now. Please understand this is my guess about RE. There is every chance Klefbom blows everyone out of the water and he has one fan in the corner office.

  • MacT: “In the course of what I was doing this year early, I took a trip to Farjestad to watch Oscar. I went in there with one of our Swedish scouts, Pelle Eklund, and it was one of those games where I walked in, sat down, watched warm-up, Oscar came on the ice. The team that they were playing, Modo at the time, dumped the puck in the corner. Oscar pivoted and went back hard and fast for the puck. He fought off a pretty physical forecheck, turned to the back of the net, made a movement of the puck, a simple play, a direct pass up to the wall. That player subsequently turned the puck over. Oscar closed the gap in a hurry in the corner, used his stick, finished his check, knocked the guy off the puck, spun the other side of the net and moved the puck out. I turned to Pelle at the time and said, we can pretty much pack up our briefcase right now and get outta here, I’ve seen enough. I’m always a little bit skeptical when I hear very positive things without having seen them myself. I wanted to spend that trip, get over, take a look at Oscar and we have high hopes that he’ll be a part of our team very quickly. Whether he needs some time, we like to think that all players are benefited from some sort of time in the American Hockey League. Oscar, having played with men this year, might be an exception, but that will be determined at training camp for him.”

Folks, the ETA is in some doubt, Dallas Eakins has a lot of options that are similar in terms of talent level at this time. Some, like Nick Schultz, are on the downslope but have miles and miles of NHL experience. Others, like Oscar Klefbom, have barely hit the blacktop but have tremendous potential and should pass many of these veterans in the next several months.

There can be NO doubt about Oscar Klefbom’s future in this organization. We can safely place him alongside Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry and Darnell Nurse as the future in Edmonton on the blue. Oscar Klefbom is inner circle Edmonton Oiler.

Today.

written by

The author didn‘t add any Information to his profile yet.
Related Posts

37 Responses to "TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL #10: OSCAR KLEFBOM"

  1. Radman says:

    I wonder LT. Unless Belov is a complete training camp bust, I suspect Nick Shultz’s Oiler days are inversely related Klefbom’s NHL readiness. If Klef seems ready at training camp or through to Xmas, that will likely lead to Nick Shultz’s ticket out of town.

  2. Lowetide says:

    Radman:
    I wonder LT. Unless Belov is a complete training camp bust, I suspect Nick Shultz’s Oiler days are inversely related Klefbom’s NHL readiness. If Klef seems ready at training camp or through to Xmas, that will likely lead to Nick Shultz’s ticket out of town.

    Exactly as I see it. I have N Schultz in the rotation for this series because he’s still here, but Klefbom has a job if he shows well.

  3. cdean says:

    N Shultz is on his way out, but that shouldn’t be news. The big question is on the other hopefuls; Belov, Larsen, Potter, Klefbom, Marincin and Fedun. I also wonder about other regulars possibly being trade out too; Smid and Petry.

  4. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I have several reasons to hope he gets his cup either in the final quarter of the year or only via injury call-up:

    1. He’s still very green both in terms of age/experience and in terms of his recent injury history

    2. I worry we throw him to the wolves before he is ready. I want him to arrive on time. No need for early.

    3. As MacT says, everyone is benefited from the A.

    4. I like the idea of playing games with his contract future. What’s the deal again, less than 50 regular season games and we get an extra RFA year?

  5. Young Oil says:

    Hopefully they keep him in the AHL for at least 80% of the season. If we take our time with this kid, I honestly believe he is going to be the best (or at least the most complete) out of all of our current and up and coming D.

  6. Hammers says:

    He will go to OKL but only untill trade deadline or just before . Like most fans I expect N.Schultz to be gone , probably trade deadline or a bit sooner if a deal is there . Feel Larsen & Potter are in tough unless some trades are made or picked up of waivers . Hoping next year we see this group of 8, Ference ; Shultz ; Petry; Klefbom; Belov ; Smid ; Marinchin and Grebs. Add Nurse a year later and we start looking like an NHL defensive lineup.

  7. Young Oil says:

    I know this isn’t a totally reliable indicator of a good defenceman, but take a look at all of the WJC All-Star defencemen since 2005:

    2013: Jacob Trouba, Jake McCabe
    2012: Brandon Gormley, Oscar Klefbom
    2011: Ryan Ellis, Dimitri Orlov
    2010: Alex Pietrangelo, John Carlson
    2009: Erik Karlsson, PK Subban
    2008: Victon Hedman, Drew Doughty
    2007: Erik Johnson, Kris Letang
    2006: Jack Johnson, Luc Bourdon
    2005: Dion Phaneuf, Ryan Suter

    Seems like pretty good company to be in.

  8. Lowetide says:

    The only worry is injury.

  9. russ99 says:

    I’m not as sold on Klefbom as I am on Marincin and Nurse.

    Too much injury history in his prime pre-North American Pro years, too little playing time in meaningful minutes in Sweden.

    At this point we’re going on draft pedigree, WJC performance and MacT’s “saw him good”.

    I really hope they let Klefbom develop in OKC this year rather than rush him to the NHL now. I’d like to think the Oilers bringing back Grebeshkov was insurance to do just that.

  10. maudite says:

    Fooling yourselves if you seriously think he starts season out of camp. He is one waiver free option. Leopard will not change its spots. He is okc bound.

    Petry skid
    Ference belov/Grebs
    Shultzs (heavy pp time for younger)
    Larsen belov/grebs

  11. maudite says:

    Smid not skid

  12. Ducey says:

    maudite:
    Smid not skid

    Well, LT has backed over him so many times it was an understandable slip up.

  13. Lowetide says:

    Ducey: Well, LT has backed over him so many times it was an understandable slip up.

    One of these days he’ll stay skid.

  14. Woodguy says:

    Ducey: Well, LT has backed over him so many times it was an understandable slip up.

    That’s pretty good.

  15. Woodguy says:

    I’m pretty giddy about Klef.

    Between showing almost as well as Brodin when they were partners, the glowing Redline draft thing (given that he’s not a 12 year vet, it still matters how Stu liked him in his draft year….), and MacT’s effusive praise, the OIlers probably have a pretty good player in Klef.

    Let’s pray to Gord that he got all his injuries out of the way before he got here.

  16. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    Good grief.

    Klefbom has played only 71 games over the past 3 seasons and scored all of 7 points.

    Jonas Brodin has played 145 games, (despite having a broken collarbone) 45 of them in the NHL, and has scored 36 points.

    One of these is not like the other.

    Despite being the same age, Brodin has an extra 2 years of development under his belt.

  17. Lowetide says:

    Dead Cat Bounce:
    Good grief.

    Klefbom has played only 71 games over the past 3 seasons and scored all of 7 points.

    Jonas Brodin has played 145 games, (despite having a broken collarbone)45 of them in the NHL, and has scored 36 points.

    One of these is not like the other.

    Despite being the same age, Brodin has an extra 2 years of development under his belt.

    1. Points tell very little of the story in this case.
    2. Brodin has 27 points in 148 games, you were adding up the pims.
    3. Hang in there!!!!

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    If anyone was saying he’s as good as Brodin we might have grounds for the turf war (as flawed by malice as it is).

    As it is, the two players provide an interesting comparable, with Brodin way out ahead shining the light of where Klefbom might be in a year.

  19. jonrmcleod says:

    2. Brodin has 27 points in 148 games, you were adding up the pims.

    Good grief!

  20. jonrmcleod says:

    Speaking of Brodin and Klefbom, here’s the top-18 of crazy Craig Button’s top-30 NHL prospects (Dec. 2012).

    1. Justin Schultz
    2. Evgeny Kuznetsov
    3. Vladimir Tarasenko
    4. Morgan Rielly
    5. Nail Yakupov
    6. Alex Galchenyuk
    7. Mark Scheifele
    8. Sven Baertschi
    9. Jonathan Huberdeau
    10. Ryan Strome
    11. Brett Ritchie
    12. Dougie Hamilton
    13. Mikael Granlund
    14. Nick Bjugstad
    15. Malcolm Subban
    16. Jakob Silfverberg
    17. Jonas Brodin
    18. Oscar Klefbom

    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=9601

  21. jonrmcleod says:

    I guess everyone’s on Twitter debating how good Grant Fuhr was.

  22. Lowetide says:

    jonrmcleod:
    I guess everyone’s on Twitter debating how good Grant Fuhr was.

    Not me, man. I’m trying to make it September 15th!

  23. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    If anyone was saying he’s as good as Brodin we might have grounds for the turf war (as flawed by malice as it is).

    As it is, the two players provide an interesting comparable, with Brodin way out ahead shining the light of where Klefbom might be in a year.

    Or three.

    Of course, Brodin will have developed more by then.

  24. Rogue Dentist: Carlos Danger says:

    Lowetide: 1. Points tell very little of the story in this case.
    2. Brodin has 27 points in 148 games, you were adding up the pims.
    3. Hang in there!!!!

    Oh, Lordy.

  25. ASkoreyko says:

    Dead Cat Bounce: Or three.

    Of course, Brodin will have developed more by then.

    I guess I missed the posts where everyone was saying that Klefbom is better than Brodin. Good thing you keep brining up that Brodin will ALWAYS be better.

    I know these terms get tossed around a lot but it sure seems that the Oilers are collecting a lot of kids that are “leaders”. I am hoping this results in the positive situation where any one night one of them will step up and be the driving force behind a win and not start clashing.

    We all know this is Taylor Hall’s team, but it will be nice to know that he won’t have the lead the way on his own.

  26. Racki says:

    Finally, a real realistic expectation for Klefbom in Oil country. Most seem to figure him for a slam dunk to make the team out of camp despite the fact he missed a giant chunk of last year.

    I’m as excited at the prospect of Klefbom as anyone, but it is unrealistic to think he’ll be able to jump right in after missing so much hockey. That’s not to say he can’t do it, I just don’t think that he will. I definitely won’t be disappointed if he doesn’t play much at all next year for the NHL club because he’s going to need a lot of time to recondition, never mind throwing in the North American game learning curve.

  27. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Dead Cat Bounce: Or three.

    Of course, Brodin will have developed more by then.

    How many PIMs will he have in 3 years?

  28. Rogue Dentist: Carlos Danger says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: How many PIMs will he have in 3 years?

    In the NHL?

    7

  29. cabbiesmacker says:

    cdean:
    .I also wonder about other regulars possibly being trade out too; Smid and Petry.

    When one follows or is a fan of the Edmonton Oilers one must always be prepared for really, really stupid player moves. Like either of the ones you’re suggesting for instance.

  30. cabbiesmacker says:

    Dead Cat Bounce:
    Good grief.

    Klefbom has played only 71 games over the past 3 seasons and scored all of 7 points.

    Jonas Brodin has played 145 games, (despite having a broken collarbone)45 of them in the NHL, and has scored 36 points.

    One of these is not like the other.

    Despite being the same age, Brodin has an extra 2 years of development under his belt.

    and despite having only played 8 NHL games and being a lowly 4th rounder Sami Vatanen will probably end up being better than both.

    hah.

    He’s Finnish that’s why.

  31. Rogue Dentist: Carlos Danger says:

    Hampus Lindholm FTW.

  32. supernova says:

    I think your RE for games is accurate or at least hope it is accurate.

    If he is also able to put in 40 plus in OKC.

    Only apparent problem with the player is lack of at bats due to injury.

    Lets hope his worked through the injury concerns.

  33. wheatnoil says:

    supernova:
    Only apparent problem with the player is lack of at bats due to injury.

    Lets hope his worked through the injury concerns.

    He’s already had his shoulder, so we’re safe there. Can Sportsnet focus a camera on his ankles for every game, because that’s the next real concern.

  34. DeadmanWaking says:

    Lowetide: One of these days he’ll stay skid.

    You mean “stay skiid”. I recognize those distinctive track marks.

    Unlike most players, Smid is an outie. Your plow blade is also an outie, so he just slams into it and rolls off, unharmed (once he locates his visor pivot). Your snow-cat tracks, however, are innies so when you run over him he, uh, bonds with the conveyance and his major elements go round and round to no great effect. Does not look good in the pre-season simulation snow-box at all. But that’s all wrong. In real life, he doesn’t dodge the plow blade at all. Even if it slams him into next week, he doesn’t care. He’s an outie. Maybe he kinda likes it. I think he does.

    Other guys (the innies) make big efforts not to get slammed into the boards like that (they might stick there until popped off by some charitable wet latex-clad blubber bus wielding a foam finger). That worries them. But they’re completely impervious to being pancaked under Danny’s Partridge Family Nordic Tour Bombardier H1 with the innie snow-tracks. Innies don’t stick.

    Here’s the thing: outies like Smid who bounce off the boards with brain-rattling impunity–he calls them “safety cushions”–are rarely keeled by the team ride.

  35. DeadmanWaking says:

    I don’t know how I missed innie-rivets and outie-rivets, but we’ll let it lie. I suspect Lego people just say innie-vert and outie-vert. And “we don’t need no stinking Myers-Briggs”. I concur, matey-mite. Another little known fact: it’s extremely impolite to ask Lego people to “say cheese” when posing them for a group photo. They all look so plump and proper, but they’re thinking “someday I’m gonna get that sumbitch” with a twitch at the corner of the eye that can only be seen on a dental x-ray.

  36. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: 1. Points tell very little of the story in this case.
    2. Brodin has 27 points in 148 games, you were adding up the pims.
    3. Hang in there!!!!

    Perfect

  37. Woodguy says:

    Dead Cat Bounce:
    Good grief.

    Klefbom has played only 71 games over the past 3 seasons and scored all of 7 points.

    Jonas Brodin has played 145 games, (despite having a broken collarbone)45 of them in the NHL, and has scored 36 points.

    One of these is not like the other.

    Despite being the same age, Brodin has an extra 2 years of development under his belt.

    The year after they were both drafted and were a Dpair for Farjestads they scored:

    Brodin 8pts
    Klef 2pts

    I guess that meand Brodin is 4 times the player Klef is!!!

    But wait!

    If that’s the case then why aren’t:

    Nygren 18pts
    Svec 16pts
    K.Berglund 10pts

    All in the NHL??

    Nygren is like…..over twice the player Brodin is!!!

    Haha!

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

© Copyright - Lowetide.ca