Klefbom is dealing with a shoulder injury that may require surgery and force him to miss a significant chunk of the 2020-21 campaign.
The fact that the team's release left open the possibility of Klefbom missing the entire season certainly doesn't bode well for a short-term absence. Once the defenseman makes a decision on whether to undergo surgery, the team should be able to provide a better timeline for return.
Klefboom is weighing all the possibilities to deal with injuries from last season, including surgery, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
The specifics of the injuries are unclear, but the possibility of surgery would keep the Swede out for an extended period of time. Klefbom supplied two assists while averaging 24:13 of ice time in the NHL's bubble, so his absence would be a major loss for the Oilers should he opt for surgery.
Klefbom had two assists, one on the power play, in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Klefbom had a hand in tallies by Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the contest. During the regular season, Klefbom posted 34 points, 18 of which came with a man advantage. He quarterbacks the top power-play unit for the Oilers, who led the league in power-play efficiency at 29.5 percent.
Klefbom recorded 34 points in 62 games prior to the league suspension of play in mid-March.
Though he's had trouble staying healthy the last few seasons, Klefbom's game continues to improve. He's just four points off his career-high 38 set in 2016-17 (in 20 additional games) and has also reached new personal bests in assists (29), ice time (25:25), power-play ice time (3:38), power-play points (18) and blocked shots (180). He leads the Oilers' back end in points and has received the fifth most ice time in the entire NHL, making him an asset every fantasy owner should covet. Just be mindful of Klefbom's unsightly minus-17 rating if your league counts that statistic.
Klefbom posted an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and two PIM in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
The Swedish blueliner had the secondary helper on Alex Chiasson's first-period goal. It took Klefbom only two games to get back on the scoresheet after his return from a shoulder injury. In 61 outings this year, he has 34 points, 176 blocks, 155 shots and 24 PIM.
Klefbom (shoulder) went plus-3 with four hits and two blocked shots in 22:11 during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Klefbom missed nine games after a minor shoulder injury. The Swede should continue to see a lot of playing time as a key member of the Oilers' top four. He has 33 points, 174 blocks and 152 shots in 60 contests this year.
Klefbom (shoulder) will retake the ice during Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets barring a setback in morning skate, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Klefbom's return will add some major punch on the back end for the Oilers. Through 59 contests, Klefbom has compiled five goals and 28 assists while flinging 151 shots on net and averaging a career-high 3:46 of power-play ice time. He should immediately assume a key role along the blue line for an Edmonton squad jostling for playoff positioning as the NHL regular season heads down the final stretch.
Klefbom (shoulder) may return to the lineup during the team's three-game road trip which ends Thursday versus the Blackhawks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
The Oilers play Monday and Tuesday, and if Klefbom does return, it'll likely be Thursday. The Swedish blueliner has missed the past six games, and he'll immediately return to the top pairing once he's ready. Klefbom has averaged 25:36 per game this year, recording 33 points -- 18 on the power play -- and 172 blocked shots over 59 games.
Klefbom is expected to be sidelined for 2-to-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.
This is a huge blow to the Oilers and fantasy owners alike, as Klefbom has been a machine for Edmonton this season, having averaged 25:36 of ice time per contest while racking up 33 points, 151 shots on goal and 172 blocked shots in 59 games. Caleb Jones will likely be tasked with taking on a larger role while Klefbom, who will undoubtedly be placed on injured reserve, is sidelined.
Klefbom registered a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
The Swede also skated 30:57 in the game, the third time he's crossed the half-hour mark for ice time. Klefbom is up to 33 points (18 on the power play), 172 blocks, 151 shots and a minus-20 rating in 59 appearances this year.
Klefbom collected a pair of power-play helpers in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Predators.
The Swede had the secondary helper on both Alex Chiasson's second-period tally and the eventual game-winner by Leon Draisaitl in the third. Klefbom added five shots on goal and five blocked shots. The 26-year-old is up to 32 points (17 on the power play), 144 shots and 162 blocks through 55 games.
Klefbom dished two assists, blocked two shots, fired two shots on goal and went plus-2 in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Flames.
The 26-year-old reached the 30-point mark with his two-assist effort Saturday. Klefbom has five goals, 25 helpers, 153 blocks and 133 shots. Fifteen of the Swede's points have come with a man advantage this season -- he's a valuable blueliner in fantasy.
Klefbom recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Predators.
Klefbom earned the secondary helper on Josh Archibald's second-period tally. With the assist, the Swedish blueliner matched his 28-point output from last season in 13 fewer games (61 last year, 48 in 2019-20). Klefbom has added 143 blocked shots, 126 shots on net and 15 power-play points, although his minus-15 rating is a little concerning to fantasy owners.
Klefbom posted an assist and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Canadiens.
Klefbom set up Alex Chiasson for the game-winning goal at 9:40 of the third period. The Swedish defenseman is up to 27 points (five goals, 22 assists), which is just one shy of his production from last season. He's added 142 blocked shots, 121 shots on goal and 15 power-play points.
Klefbom netted a goal on four shots and blocked three shots in Monday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
Klefbom's fifth goal of the year came in the first period. The Swede has 26 points, 141 blocked shots and 120 shots on goal through 45 games this year. He's just two points away from matching his output from 61 contests in 2018-19, and he should come close to his career-high 38 from 2016-17 if he remains healthy.
Klefbom (undisclosed) will play Thursday against the Sabres, NHL.com's Heather Engel reports.
Klefbom left Tuesday's game against the Rangers in the third period with an undisclosed issue, but whatever forced him from that contest clearly wasn't overly serious. The 26-year-old Swede will slot into his usual role skating on the Oilers' top pairing and first power-play unit against Buffalo.
Klefbom left Tuesday's game against the Rangers with an undisclosed injury, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Klefbom had two assists, three shots on goal and three blocked shots in 20:36 during the contest. The injury was suffered in the third period, but the severity is unknown and there was no update from coach Dave Tippett after the game. The Oilers are set to begin a five-game road trip in Buffalo on Thursday -- the defenseman's availability for those games should be clarified in the coming days.
Klefbom scored a power-play goal, blocked shots shots and put two shots on goal in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Monday.
Klefbom tallied his fourth goal of the campaign at 3:02 of the second period. The tally snapped a four-game point drought for the Swede, who now has 14 of his 23 points this season on the power play. The 26-year-old has added 127 blocked shots and 105 shots on goal, but he sports a career-worst minus-22 rating through 40 outings.
Klefbom collected a power-play assist, four shots on goal and four blocked shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The blueliner may be heating up again with three points in his last two games after a span that saw him accrue just one goal in his previous seven outings. Klefbom has 22 points (three scores, 19 helpers), 107 blocked shots and 92 shots on goal through 35 contests this season. He's a lock for lineups in formats that count blocks, as he leads the league in the category.
Klefbom racked up a goal on a team-high seven shots and added a power-play assist in Thursday's 6-5 loss to Minnesota.
Not only did the 25-year-old record his seventh multi-point performance of the season, but he also led the team with 25:54 of total ice time in the game. Klefbom continues a strong pace as one of the best fantasy defensmen for 2019-20, as he's now up to 21 points, 88 shots and 103 blocked shots in 34 games.
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|08/07||@ CHI||L 2-3||0||0||0||-1||25:13|
|08/05||@ CHI||L 3-4||0||0||0||0||27:07|
|08/03||vs CHI||W 6-3||0||0||0||+2||22:05|
|08/01||vs CHI||L 4-6||0||2||2||-1||22:27|
|03/11||vs WPG||L 2-4||0||0||0||0||20:43|
|03/09||vs LV||L 2-3 (OT)||0||1||1||0||22:27|
|03/07||vs CLB||W 4-1||0||0||0||+3||22:11|
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