A broken finger and an infection in his leg limited Oscar Klefbom to just 30 games last season, but the young blueliner showed plenty of promise in that time. His 12 points put the Swede on pace for 33 over a full season, and he led all Oilers in ice time at 21:53 per game. He'll likely pair with countryman Adam Larsson to form one of the league's most promising young defensive duos, and Klefbom has the higher fantasy ceiling of the two thanks to his more developed offensive game.
Klefbom is confident that he can handle 25 minutes of ice time per contest this year despite having appeared in only 30 games last season due to a hand injury and an infection in his ankle, the Edmonton Journal reports. Klefbom initially had concerns about how long it would take to recover from surgery on the ankle, but the young defenseman is pumped about the progress he made in rehab. "I think I am 100 percent for sure; I've been skating for how many weeks now, even months," Klefbom said. "I feel good. If it would have been a game tomorrow I would play for sure. I am more excited than ever. The body feels good. And the skates are good too. And we've got a real good medical staff that has helped me a lot." Taken 19th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Klefbom is an intriguing fantasy option now that he's healthy. The Oilers presumably will slot him on the top defensive pair with newcomer Adam Larsson under the condition that he moves the puck and protects valuable forwards like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
Klefbom played just 30 games in 2015-16, recording 12 points, due to a hand injury and an infection in his foot, but the Edmonton Journal reports that he's expected to be healthy heading into next season. Over those first 30 games, Klefbom looked to be growing into the role of a two-way blueliner on the top pairing, but his season was cut short far too soon. From the sound of coach Todd McLellan's talk about the injury, Klefbom could have returned right around the end of the season if the Oilers had been in contention, but that was decidedly not the case, so they let him have the offseason to heal. He should be back in at least a top-four role next season.
Klefbom (infection) is unlikely to play again this season, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. This has been an incredibly disappointing season for Klefbom. He suffered a broken hand Dec. 11 and then the infection in his foot soon thereafter. While healthy Klefbom had four goals and 12 points in 30 games. It's not the production that Edmonton will miss, it's the development as the organization still doesn't know what kind of defender he will be.
Klefbom (foot infection) did not practice with the team Tuesday, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. It was originally thought that Klefbom could return to the lineup Saturday versus Vancouver but he will need to practice for at least a day or two first. He only has four goals and 12 points this season so his loss won't be felt by fantasy owners but the Oilers would like to see him play for the remainder of the season in order to see where he stands in his progression to a top pair defender.
Klefbom (infection) will be sidelined for at least one more week, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 reports. Klefbom has been a full participant in practice of late, but evidently will require at least another week to skate himself back into playing shape. Friday's news doesn't come as much of a surprise, however, as the 22-year-old blueliner hasn't seen game action since Dec. 11. The Oilers should provide an update on the former first-round pick's status once he's ready to return to the lineup.
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