Oscar Klefbom
Oscar Klefbom
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Edmonton Oilers
DL
Injury Finger
Est. Return 2/2/2019
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.
Still not skating
DEdmonton Oilers
Finger
January 14, 2019
Klefbom (finger) is still not skating but hopes to get medical clearance to do so this week.
ANALYSIS
The Oilers' blueliner has been out since Dec. 11 and will not play until after the All-Star break. The next step in Klefbom's recovery process involves him resuming skating activities, something the 25-year-old hopes to get back to doing in the coming days. Once he reaches that stage in his recovery from a finger injury, the team may explore putting a definitive target date on the Swede's return to game action. Klefbom has three goals and 15 points in 31 games this season.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    25:25
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:46
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:55
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
22:22
2:31
1:41
2017–18
22:51
2:46
2:15
2018–19
25:25
3:46
1:55
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Out through All-Star break
DEdmonton Oilers
Finger
January 11, 2019
Klefbom (finger) is expected to start skating soon, but he won't return to action until after the All-Star break.
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Out 6-8 weeks
DEdmonton Oilers
Finger
December 15, 2018
Klefbom will miss 6-to-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his finger, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
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Given IR tag
DEdmonton Oilers
Hand
December 12, 2018
Klefbom (fingers) was designated for injured reserve by the Oilers on Wednesday.
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Set up for additional testing
DEdmonton Oilers
Hand
December 12, 2018
Klefbom will have more X-rays on Wednesday to determine the extent of suspected injuries to his fingers, Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca reports.
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Will sit out weeks
DEdmonton Oilers
Hand
December 11, 2018
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Klefbom will be out weeks after injuring his hand in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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