Oscar Klefbom
Oscar Klefbom
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Edmonton Oilers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Klefbom's 2018-19 campaign featured 28 points (five goals and 23 helpers), giving the injury-prone blueliner a total of 49 points over the past two seasons. Last season, 11 of Klefbom's 28 points came on the power play, so his role on special teams will go a long way in defining his fantasy value. With four years remaining on a contract carrying an annual value north of $4 million, Edmonton needs a healthy Klefbom in 2019-20 to help anchor what's been a shaky blue line the last few seasons. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $29.17 million contract extension with the Oilers in September of 2015.
Dishes pair of helpers
DEdmonton Oilers
August 1, 2020
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.
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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.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    25:25
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:38
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:29
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
22:51
2:46
2:15
2018–19
23:59
2:39
1:48
2019–20
25:25
3:38
2:29
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Klefbom was limited to 66 games and 21 points in 2017-18 -- one year removed from playing a full 82 contests and notching 38 points. The Swede's history as an injury-prone player is well documented. After all, the defenseman only played in 107 games through his first three seasons, and he's only five months removed from shoulder surgery (as of August). The Oilers have yet to formulate a third defensive pair, but Klefbom could compete with Kevin Gravel to land in that very spot. There's plenty of uncertainty surrounding Klefbom ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, but the sixth-year skater should be on the clearance rack in most fantasy drafts.
A well-regarded prospect throughout his injury-lengthened rise through the Oilers' organization, Klefbom finally busted out last season with the kind of statistical showing fantasy owners were looking for from the 2011 draft's No. 19 overall pick. He led the way on the Edmonton blue line with 12 goals and 38 points (16 of those on the power play) while averaging 22:22 of ice time and unleashing 201 shots on net while playing in all 82 games, joining Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl as part of a young core that looks set to propel the team to years of success. The 24-year-old is one of the game’s most gentlemanly players, as evidenced by his incredibly low total of six penalty minutes, and he’s just getting started on his prime years. Another leap in scoring wouldn't come as a surprise, considering how often the talented Swede gets to share the ice with McDavid.
A broken finger and an infection in his leg limited 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 has only just begun to scratch the surface on a very bright future. He had a solid 20 points in 60 games in 2014-15, but like most of his mates, his plus/minus was horrific (minus-21). A new coach in Todd McLellan and potentially, a new partner in Andrej Sekera, should bring both stability and opportunity to Klefbom’s game. He could be the next Hampus Lindholm, who’s been pretty valuable inside a structured system in Anaheim. He won’t have the pressure of power-play time, and that’ll give him a chance to consolidate some things in his game. His value really lies a few years in the future.
Like Darnell Nurse, Klefbom is one of top defenseman prospects for the Oilers and the entire NHL, for that matter. He finally got his feet wet with the Oilers last season by appearing in 17 games and tallying his first NHL goal. In order for the Oilers to take the next step as a team, they will need young players like Klefbom to mature quickly. Is he ready to take that next step? That's probably not a fair question for a player who has yet to play a full season in the NHL, but that's the problem in this day and age -- few organizations have any patience. Klefbom does project to be a top-four defenseman over time, but this season will be all about learning the nuances of the game. He'll likely ride the shuttle between the NHL and AHL all season, and probably see around 25 games in the Oil Patch. But that's not enough for fantasy relevance in single-season leagues.
This 20-year old is one of the top prospects in the Oilers system. He has played the past several seasons in Sweden and will make his North American debut in the AHL this year. He has everything you could want in a d-man -- size, shot and vision, and is good in both ends of the ice. The Oilers may be weak on defense, but Klefbom could be a big part of the answer to their problems as soon as 2014-15.
Klefbom has yet to play in North America as he has spent the last two seasons in the Swedish Elite League. He is one of the Oilers' top prospects on defense, a position they are desperate for talent. His offensive talents haven't really shown up yet, but he is projected to be the type of defender that could be a power-play quarterback. Keeper leaguers need to know his name.
Klefbom was the Oilers' second pick (19th overall) in the first round of the 2011 draft. He is a power forward who can skate, but Klefbom will first need some seasoning in the AHL. When he's ready for the big time, he should mesh with the other young Oiler forwards.
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Paces Edmonton blueliners
DEdmonton Oilers
May 14, 2020
Klefbom recorded 34 points in 62 games prior to the league suspension of play in mid-March.
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Slings helper Monday
DEdmonton Oilers
March 9, 2020
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.
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Returns in usual role
DEdmonton Oilers
March 7, 2020
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.
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Scheduled to rejoin action Saturday
DEdmonton Oilers
Shoulder
March 6, 2020
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.
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Could return on road trip
DEdmonton Oilers
Shoulder
March 2, 2020
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.
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