by Lisa McRitchie on 04/20/12 at 01:00 AM ET
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.
According to the rough translation from the Färjestad page, Klefbom was hit in the thigh with a puck in an exhibition game against team Estonia and suffered a lårkaka which is just a fun, or rather Swedish way to say bruise. Again it’s just a rough translation, but it is called a “hefty bruise” and it must be significant to keep Klefbom from representing his country.
Klefbom has been rehabbing his leg, and apparently meeting with the Oilers. With one year remaining in his contract in the SEL, Klefbom still has some options and faces decisions. An Oilers’ team short on d-men may be kicking tires to see if there is any interest in Klefbom coming to North America sooner than planned, or this could just be a social call.
“I think that would be the best for me [to stay with FBK], but let us hear what they [the Oilers] say.” Klefbom told his team, you do need to keep his audience in mind. But Klefbom also adds that he “Feels a bit nervous, but it will be interesting to hear how they think.”
The Oilers may be concerned with how much [or little] time Klefbom has been playing. They may feel that he will get more playing time and experience playing against men in the AHL than playing as a scratch in the Swedish Elite Leageue; Klefbom has played only 33 games with his SEL and 15 with the U20 Färjestad team. Or, the Oilers may feel that they have the time to spend on Klefbom and that he is getting enough one on one coaching in Sweden.
The Oilers and the Barons could use more help on the blueline, but it will be up to Klefbom to decide how he would like to pursue his development.
Never expect Klefbom to say anything remotely negative about his team, or any team he is associated with. At the World Juniors, and even his draft day, Klefbom seemed to be the exact opposite of Linus Omark in an interview situation. Speaking with only a slight accent and with an engaging and broad smile Klefbom has always given the impression of valuing loyalty to his team, his contract and being a likeable person all of which would be reasons why the Oilers ranked Klefbom so highly on draft day.
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