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Swedish defenseman Oscar Klefbom, selected 19th overall at this year’s NHL Entry Draft, missed the Oilers development camp held early in July due to a schedule conflict. The conflict was with the team he is currently under contract with, Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League.
NHL.com writer Adam Kimelman reported Wednesday that Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Gabriel Landeskog will all miss Sweden’s junior camp which takes place next week at Lake Placid, NY.
It has been common to just use the word gate behind any misunderstanding or wrongdoing. In this case, I don’t believe that the Oilers set out to pull the wool over the heads of the Kings. So, I hereby propose this subject be called the Fraser Feud.
I was in St. Paul at the NHL entry draft amidst all of the Ryan Smyth trade talk, and everyone was excited about it, no matter what team they were there representing or covering. TSN cameramen were telling me how wonderful they felt the move would be for Edmonton. The heart of the matter seemed to be at what cost.
On Saturday July 30th, the Swedish Elite team Timrå had a farewell match for Edmonton Oilers prospect Anton Lander and Vancouver Canuck’s prospect Sebastian Erixon. As mentioned previously, these sorts of games are not uncommon in European sports, but are an excellent opportunity to learn more about your team’s prospects and just how beloved they are by their countrymen.
Once again with thanks to Yngve Elverhøi of Finland, we have a translation of the game and its results.
The return of Henrik Zetterberg for such a match speaks to his love for his country, and perhaps even the ties he feels to the other players and his old team. This loyalty may go a long way even with Anton Lander and Magnus Pääjärvi, ex-teammates, soon to be reunited. At the draft, Oscar Klefbom was extremely excited at the prospect of playing for a team with so many fellow Swedes.
As Oilers’ fans, some of us have that uncanny ability to get a little ahead of ourselves; I may in fact lead the pack in this regard. When I think of a close knit group of players, I think about winning. I don’t even want to tell you what I picture after winning. Not yet.
The Edmonton Oilers have definitely tapped into the Swedish hockey market with exciting players such as Linus Omark, Magnus Pääjärvi, Anton Lander and 2011 NHL Entry draft selection Oscar Kelfbom. Fans of the Swedish elite league are happy to see their countrymen move on to pursue their dreams, but they are of course sad to see them leave their local rinks.
On July 30th, Anton Lander’s Swedish Elite league team Timrå held a farewell match to send off their latest two exports in Lander and Vancouver Canuck’s prospect defenceman Sebastian Erixon. The same game featured returning players such as Magnus Pääjärvi and Henrik Zetterberg.
Most of us agree the Oilers are a team on the rise and covering them this season should be fun for our new Edmonton blogger Lisa.
Please welcome here and her first blog will appear shortly.
I wanted to start right in with a hockey article, but then I reminded myself that these are the dog days of summer, that news stories are hard to come by and idea stories will be needed for another couple of months. So, here we go with the introduction piece.
As you can see, my name is Lisa and it will be my pleasure to write about the Oilers. I was fortunate enough to be able to write about the Oilers last season and hope to continue to build upon my experiences. If you stumble upon my writings you will likely find interviews, game reviews, Oilers’ prospect news, Edmonton Oil Kings news, anything remotely Oilers related that comes to mind for me and quite possibly a number of other hockey happenings.
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