Oscar Klefbom
Image: Farjestads

Oscar Klefbom

Hometown:

Karlstad Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

1st round (19th overall), 2011

Weight:

201 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Oscar Klefbom spent most of the season in the Farjestad organization. In 15 games for the J-18 squad, Klefbom, scored 2 goals and added 2 assists for 4 points. In 4 playoff games for that squad, he added 1 assist. Klefbom also played 3 games for the J-16 team, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists for 4 points. In international play with Sweden's U-16 team, Klefbom scored 1 goal and added 2 assists for 3 points.

2009-10: Klefbom played most of the season for Farjestad's J-18 team. In 31 games for that team, Klefbom scored 10 goals and added 18 assists for 28 points. He registered no points in 6 playoff games for that team. Klefbom played for Sweden at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 1 goal and adding 3 assists for 4 points in 6 games for the bronze medalists.

2010-11: Klefbom received his first action in Sweden's Elite League, playing in 23 games for Farjestad. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist for 2 points. Klefbom also spent some time with Skare BK at the Division 1 level, picking up 1 assist in 12 games for that team. He also sspent some time with Farjestad's J-18 team, scoring 3 goals and adding 3 assists for 6 points in 8 games. Klefbom captained Sweden's silver medal team at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 3 assists for 4 points in 6 games. He was named one of the top 3 players on his team for that tournament.

2011-12: Klefbom steadily worked his way into the lineup with Farjestads in Sweden's Elitserien as an 18-year-old and was named to the all-tournament team while playing for gold medal-winning Sweden at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He had two assists and was minus-one with 4 penalty minutes in 33 Elitserien games. Farjestads reached the Elitserien semifinals after finishing sixth in the regular season. In the playoffs Klefbom averaged a season-high 19:33 minutes of ice time and was minus-three with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. In six games for Sweden at the WJC he was plus-eight with 1 goal and 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes. Sweden defeated Russia 1-0 in the gold medal game. Klefbom signed a three-year entry-level deal with Edmonton in June, 2012.

2012-13: Klefbom skated in 11 games for Farjestad in Sweden's Elitserien; suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery in October 2012. He had 3 assists and was +7 with 2 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Klefbom is a raw, tantalizing talent. He has great size for a rearguard, is an excellent skater, and has tremendous natural offensive instincts. This combination of size, speed, and skill had scouts salivating over him in the 2011 draft, and many in the Oilers organization are enthused about what he could potentially become. He has work to do on his positioning, his defensive play, and generally on the finer aspects of the game, and will be given every opportunity to develop those abilities.

 

Future

After undergoing shoulder surgery that ended his season in Sweden prematurely, Klefbom made the trip across the pond to skate with the Oilers and participate in development camp. He will likely be vying for a spot on the Oilers roster following training camp in September.

 

Oscar Klefbom headlines Edmonton’s group of European prospects

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Photo: After playing the 2009-10 season int he WHL, Toni Rajala returned to the SM-liiga where he has played since. In 2011-12, Rajala managed 16 goals and 13 assists with Ilves Tampere. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL)

Outside of 2011 first round pick Oscar Klefbom, the picture in Europe and in the NCAA for the Oilers is one of depth prospects and long shots. This is in part due to a preference for CHL players in the Stu McGregor draft era, and in part due to some of the higher quality Europeans and college picks (like Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin, and Martin Gernat) making the move to the CHL after they were drafted. Beyond Klefbom, for whom the organization has high hopes, any of these players who become even a quality depth NHL player would be considered a bonus for the team.

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Photo: Picked 19th overall in the 2011 draft, Oscar Klefbom has the tools to be a solid top-four defenseman for the Oilers for many years to come. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers have demonstrated their patience over the past number of years, buying into the mantra of a wholesale rebuild. After two seasons in the NHL’s basement however, expectations are rising and that patience is wearing thin. Fortunately for the Oilers faithful, a lot of the team’s future is on or near the NHL roster and there is still a wealth of quality talent coming down the pipe. Unlike years past, much of the current talent in the prospect pool is complementary and demonstrates a wide range of skills. With the exception of the 2011 top pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the players who succeed at the NHL level off this list will be likely be playing supporting roles to the top line talents who have already made the jump to the show.

1. (NR) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, 8.5C
Drafted 1st round, 1st overall, 2011

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Edmonton Oilers 2011 draft review

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Photo: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the first overall draft pick of the 2011 NHL Draft. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Coming into the 2011 NHL Draft with nine picks, the Edmonton Oilers were already the beneficiaries of a string of strong drafts, boasting one of the better groups of prospects and young NHLers in the league. Among their nine picks were two in the first round, including the top pick overall for the second year in a row.

The major needs in the Oilers' system were an elite level center and a defenseman or two with top pairing upside. Beyond that, their existing organizational depth allowed Head Scout Stu MacGregor and his team with the luxury of selecting the player they believed to be the best available at each spot and further stock the system with talent.
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