You already knew that Edmonton loves their Oilers, and this week offers nothing but more evidence to support the assessment. This week, all of the Oilers’ prospects have travelled from their home bases to work with the Oilers training and development staff and to see where they stack up against the other prospects. Most days of the development camp are mundane drills, nothing even slightly exciting. And yet the fans pour into Millenium Place in Sherwood Park, at least 500 I would say if I had to wager a guess. Some fans just pop in for a half hour or so, often just to see Yakupov, while others stay for the nearly 3 hours of drills hoping to catch a glimpse of greatness.
We’ve know it was coming, but we didn’t know it would take this long. Steve Tambellini made the trip to Sweden seemingly to sign Oscar Klefbom nearly two months ago, but it wasn’t until Tuesday afternoon that the deal was made official. Drafted 19th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft Oscar Klefbom is now signed to a three year entry level contract with the Oilers and will count against next season’s (if it happens) list of 50 professional contracts.
But don’t get too excited yet Oil Country, Klefbom has another year on his contract with Färjestad of the Swedish Elite League and has always said that he intends to play out his contract.
After finding an article saying that Klefbom was meeting with the Oilers, Martin Lundén author of Swedish Oil By dohfOs has penned an article indicating that Klefbom is prepared to sign a three year entry level deal, but that he intends to play out his contract with Färjestad of the Swedish Elite League.
I explained to him (Tambellini) that I really enjoy working here and what the situation looks like in Färjestad, when Frögren, Sevc and Berglund disappears, it favours me. I’m going up a few notches. We agreed that I would stay another year here (in Sweden, with Färjestad), it will do me good, there’s no stress. Edmonton want me to go over to a camp so I that I will feel more like a part of the team and get to meet all the big stars like Taylor Hall and the others. We’ll see when it gets, it also depends on what Färjestad allows me to do. The club has some real big stars emerging at once and also got a new first choice in the draft this summer. I feel like the timing signing with them and going over there will be perfect, Klefbom smiles.
It’s becoming a bit of a trend to hear nothing about defencive prospect Oscar Klefbom aside from injury news, and that can be quite alarming. This time, Klefbom is missing out on an international debut with the Tre Kronor due to a lower body injury. Come to think of it though, he might fit in well with what has been a regular occurrence for the Oilers; random, bizarre fluke injuries.
With the Edmonton Oilers’ current state of affairs, a first round draft pick in the waiting is something to get excited about. Enter Oscar Klefbom.
Drafted at 19th in the 2011 NHL entry draft with the Los Angeles pick acquired in the trade deadline day Dustin Penner trade, many were surprised Klefbom was still available. But as Klefbom’s name was called, fans already started slotting him into the roster in two years time.
After 31 years of waiting, it has finally happened; Sweden has won gold at the IIHF World Juniors Tournament and is the fourth country in as many years to win top honours. In some way, the 1981 Swedish gold medal winning team was with this 2012 team, but only in the locker room. The team had brought with them photos of the players from the gold medal winning team to use as inspiration. Apparently, it worked.
Can you believe it! It’s not even a question when talking about the 2012 IIHF World Juniors, not today at least. Both December 31st Calgary games seemed to be won long before the final buzzer, but in both situations, the perceived victor walked away with their heads hanging.
Edmonton Oilers’ Swedish prospect Oscar Klefbom has had a less than ideal season so far. In September Klefbom suffered a cut to his thigh and subsequently a leg infection. Most recently, Klefbom suffered a concussion. Recently however, November 24th, Klefbom was able to return to his Swedish Elite Team (SEL) Färjestad BK. Should Klefbom remain healthy for the next month, we will be able to see Klefbom represent his country at the World Juniors tournament in Calgary.
That’s right folks, Oscar Klefbom who was just reported to be out with an infection following a leg laceration is out with what could be a concussion. This news was brought to light by Lowetide over at Oilers Nation. According to the news source, the Värmland Gate:
Färjestads Oscar Klefbom were injured during the team’s workout this morning. According to New Wermlands-magazine online edition, he was tackled, dropped his helmet and hit his head on the ice.
FBK’s physiotherapist Mattias Hell says the NWT that it may take up to two days before we can determine if he sustained a concussion. According to Matthias Hell will Klefbom receiving shaft cover on the chin at the rigging and then lost his helmet before he hit the ice.
An update from Martin Lundén “Also on the (latest) Klefbom injury: “he was quite clear and it does not seem like he got a concussion”. So no need to panic, yet..”
With many thanks to our Swedish Oiler fan Martin Lundén, there is an update on newly drafted Oiler Oscar Klefbom. As you may recall, Klefbom was selected 19th overall with the pick acquired from Los Angeles in exchange for winger Dustin Penner on trade deadline day.
Klefbom has made some fans concerned by stating that he intends to play out his contract with Färjestads BK of the Swedish Elite league, but seem to forget that Klefbom is also excited at the prospect of playing with so many Swedes in the Oilers’ lineup. Unfortunately for Klefbom, he has run into some injury issues as of late, and Martin Lundén brings us some clarity.
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