by Lisa McRitchie on 04/20/12 at 11:30 AM ET
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.
Klefbom may not have had an ideal playing situation this season, but things look to improve for him next year. If Klefbom does get the increased minutes it could make enough difference to have Klefbom make the jump straight to the NHL when he comes over. And there is certainly no need to rush Klefbom’s development.
Although Klefbom is the Oilers’ highest profile prospect defenceman, the Oilers still have other defencemen already in North America who may be ready to make the jump to the AHL in Martin Marincin, Martin Gernat, Tobias Reider, Jeremie Blain and Brandon Davidson. They also have Kyle Bigos who has still has his senior year in college to complete and David Musil who at 19 years old can’t yet make the jump to the AHL. So while the immediate situation for the OIlers defence looks bleak and desperate, there is still hope that the upcoming players in the system may be some ray of hope.
No matter if Klefbom signs with the Oilers this year or next, they will still need to consider trading for or signing and RFA or UFA defencemen during the off-season. With a current list of 104 pending UFA defencemen and currently 98 RFA defencemen there are options out there, IF the players do not all get signed before the July 1st free agency day.
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