Oscar Klefbom
Oscar Klefbom
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Edmonton Oilers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $29.169 million contract extension with the Oilers in September 2015.
Garners assist
DEdmonton Oilers
April 6, 2019
Klefbom picked up an assist and three shots on goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
Klefbom finishes with 28 points in 61 games this year, good for 0.45 points per game. It's his second-best season, his top effort being a 38-point performance in 2016-17. Klefbom added 102 blocked shots and 167 shots on goal this season, but he doesn't play much of a physical game. His fantasy appeal next season likely is tied to whether he retains a role on the Oilers' top power-play unit, where he earned 11 of his points this season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Posts three helpers
DEdmonton Oilers
March 26, 2019
Klefbom tallied three assists in an 8-4 victory against the Kings on Tuesday.
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Sets up overtime winner
DEdmonton Oilers
March 16, 2019
Klefbom recorded an assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes.
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Garners power-play assist
DEdmonton Oilers
March 13, 2019
Klefbom (undisclosed) picked up an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Devils.
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Ready to rock
DEdmonton Oilers
March 13, 2019
Klefbom (undisclosed) will suit up in Wednesday's home tilt against the Devils.
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Status remains unclear
DEdmonton Oilers
March 12, 2019
Klefbom (undisclosed) didn't skate Tuesday, but coach Ken Hitchcock relayed he is "feeling better" and will be re-evaluated ahead of Wednesday's game against the Devils.
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