When you look at the future of the Edmonton Oilers (and yes, there is a good chance that even with all the talent on their team this year it will still result in the team having to look to the future before the regular season is finished, rather than hoping the team will make a breakthrough this season), defenseman Oscar Klefbom is one of many reasons why the Oilers figure to be perennial Cup contenders in two to three seasons.
Goaltending and defense are the Oilers’ biggest weaknesses, and considering that Klefbom is one of a handful of star defensive prospects who will be coming up the pipeline in the next season or two, there is much for Oilers fans to look forward to if they can continue to be patient.
Klefbom has been playing a starring role on the blue line for Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League and has achieved a plus-7 rating in the team’s first 11 games this season. Unfortunately for Farjestad—and the Oilers, who are surely monitoring his play in Sweden as they try to determine whether or not they should attempt to get him to try and come to the NHL this season versus waiting until next season—he has been out of action since October 9 with a shoulder injury. Reports out of Sweden indicate that he will be able to return to action on or around November 21, but he might remain out of action for the rest of November just to be on the safe side.
If you are the Oilers and/or an Oilers fan, you naturally want him to take his time recovering so that this doesn’t become the beginning of a series of injury problems that plague him throughout his career (Hello, Ales Hemsky!), but at the same time it is hard not to want to see Klefbom come back as soon as possible so you can continue to see if he will progress into the defensive stud the Oilers so desperately need.
A lot rests on Klefbom’s shoulders—yep, the healthy one too—so this is a situation Oil Country will be monitoring closely, especially because he figures to be one of the Oilers’ main fixtures on the blue line for the next decade or so if all goes according to plan.