The Edmonton Oilers have an Oscar Klefbom update on their site. It looks like the organization is following concussion protocol very closely, which is good news but will definitely impact the IR this season and beyond. As for Klefbom, he’s saying all the right things.
- Klefbom: “I felt good. We just wanted to make sure I didn’t have any symptoms. I feel very good right now.”
Klefbom is considered “in the mix” for NHL employment this season, but it’s more likely he at least starts the season in Oklahoma City. I imagine he’ll get a ‘rocking chair’ assignment in his NHL pre-season debut, similar to Darnell Nurse and his introduction alongside Andrew Ference last night. Klefbom says in the interview he doesn’t know when he’ll play, but a good bet would be this week (the Oilers have three games scheduled).
The Oilers D looks fairly set 1-5 (Smid, Petry, Ference & the Schultz boys) but there appears to be some fluidity to the 5-9 rotation because of Visa problems (Belov) and inconsistent play (Grebeshkov, Larsen). It isn’t all good news for Klefbom though, as Martin Marincin and Brandon Davidson are showing well early.