Oscar Klefbom may undergo shoulder surgery, miss the remainder of the season

Jonathan Willis
November 18 2012 07:27PM

Some bad news became public on Sunday night with regard to Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom. After suffering a shoulder injury on October 9, reports indicated that Klefbom was expected to get back on the ice towards the end of November. Now, it appears that the shoulder may require surgery – a move that would cost Klefbom the rest of the 2012-13 season.

Swedish reporter Johan Eriksson brought the possibility up on Twitter and quotes Klefbom as saying the following:

If the decision is surgery I will be out six months and playing more this season is out of the question. If that’s the case it’s just for me to start focusing on the next season.

Eriksson states that Klefbom will do a medical exam in Edmonton before making a decision for or against surgery. Eriksson believes Klefbom will follow the Oilers’ advice on what to do next.

At the time of his injury, Klefbom led the Swedish Elite League with a plus-7 rating over 11 contests, and had seen significantly more minutes on the Farjestad blue line this year than he had played last season.

2012-13 was a critical development year for the 19-year old defenceman. Many expect that a strong season in Sweden would have set the stage for an immediate jump to the NHL in 2013-14; scouting reports praise Klefbom highly and some think he would have competed for a job on the Oilers’ blue line this year if he had come over to North America (and there hadn’t been a lockout). 

Klefbom is the Oilers’ third significant blue line prospect to suffer serious disease/injury this season. Brandon Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer after a decent start to his professional career in Oklahoma, while the highly-touted Martin Gernat has yet to play in the WHL this year after putting up 55 points and a plus-41 rating over 60 contests last season.

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#1 OilDieHard
November 18 2012, 07:31PM
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a sad FIST!! i hope this doesn't set him back much?

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#2 David S
November 18 2012, 07:58PM
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Given that NHL D men generally take a few years to season even after they reach the show, I find this news of almost no consequence. I can't believe the Oilers are stupid enough to assume these young guys would walk in and hold down a spot in their first at-bat.

The guys we really need at D are going to be acquired through trades and deadline deals. As much as some here may wish it to be so, a team full of rookie D-men does nothing much more than compete for the #1 draft pick. You gotta think we're pretty much past that point by now.

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#3 The Oilers Shot Clock
November 18 2012, 09:04PM
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At this point I think Ryan Murray got a shoulder injury just because the Oilers thought about drafting him and fate just wanted to cover all its bases. Nail might just go ahead and break his shoulder on his own when the waiting for it and anticipation becomes too much.

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#4 Ken
November 18 2012, 09:12PM
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with the NHL gone the way of twinkies, he may as well get it done if its needed.

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#5 TeddyTurnbuckle
November 18 2012, 09:32PM
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I agree that although Oscar is a good prospect I don't think he should play for the Oilers until 2014. Look how long it took Smid to become a good D man and he was a drafted 9th overall. Playing a bunch of kids won't get us anywhere except a losing mentality and we have had enough of that.

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#6 @Oilanderp
November 18 2012, 10:29PM
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Hmmm.

*walks slowly and deliberately away from the group*

*suddenly jumps 90 degrees left, plunging over the ship railing and into the black sea beyond*

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#7 RexLibris
November 18 2012, 11:46PM
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Seriously? Seriously! Is Mike Grier holed up somewhere with a U-Haul truck full of Oilers' voodoo dolls, because this is ridiculous.

Hemsky, Horcoff, Souray, Vishnovsky, Hemsky, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Ewanyk, Gernat, Klefbom...did I mention Hemsky?

Hey Fate...if you're going to kick us in the shins with injuries could you at least do it when the season is running and to roster players so we can genuinely stink and draft high.

Okay, enough ranting. Here's the bright side. Shoulders can be operated upon. They heal, and the player comes back on more or less a defined timeline. Thank the Icemaker that none of these prospects or players have been seriously hit with concussion issues (knock on wood).

Can we just skip training camp for our draft picks this June and send them straight to the operating table? Maybe at the combine MacGregor should just wrench the shoulders out of the sockets of his desired picks so we can mark them as Oilers' property early?

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#8 John Chambers
November 19 2012, 07:37AM
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@David S

I dunno, man. It's such a critical development year - you need the guy taking at-bats no matter where they are.

Klefbom's road to the NHL will almost certainly wind through OKC for at least a half season now. To your point, David, it probably should've anyway.

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#9 dessert1111
November 19 2012, 07:40AM
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Perhaps instead of throwing on the inaugural draft jersey when prospects get drafted, Tambellini can fit them all for a pair of bionic shoulders. Could be money well invested.

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#10 Chris
November 19 2012, 09:31AM
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RexLibris wrote:

Seriously? Seriously! Is Mike Grier holed up somewhere with a U-Haul truck full of Oilers' voodoo dolls, because this is ridiculous.

Hemsky, Horcoff, Souray, Vishnovsky, Hemsky, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Ewanyk, Gernat, Klefbom...did I mention Hemsky?

Hey Fate...if you're going to kick us in the shins with injuries could you at least do it when the season is running and to roster players so we can genuinely stink and draft high.

Okay, enough ranting. Here's the bright side. Shoulders can be operated upon. They heal, and the player comes back on more or less a defined timeline. Thank the Icemaker that none of these prospects or players have been seriously hit with concussion issues (knock on wood).

Can we just skip training camp for our draft picks this June and send them straight to the operating table? Maybe at the combine MacGregor should just wrench the shoulders out of the sockets of his desired picks so we can mark them as Oilers' property early?

You forgot to add Moreau to that grim list

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#11 NewAgeSys
November 19 2012, 09:34AM
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We dont have a private clinic here owned by Katz do we,cause a lot of guys are racking up the medical insurance bills.

Spend a few bucks on some decent trainers and get these guys on a corrective training regime,before you lose more of them,something is wrong at the core level here.

I could explain but it takes to darn much typing,simply put hockey players from a young age in general are not balanced physically at all ,the intense one tracked focus and training pigeonholes them at ten for gods sakes.I blame the system.In the NewAge Hockey System philosophy balance is a core value of everything.What can I say about any other inferior system ,other than you get what you ask for--and you deserve what you get.

I hope things go well,Taylor has done well,the Oilers seem to have developed excellent recovery protocal,cant say much about the preventative side of things ,but they sure have the recovery part down pat.All you can do is trust the professionals you choose to put your faith in and work hard on proper recovery.

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#12 OilClog
November 19 2012, 09:48AM
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With the new age system, bacon is firmly wrapped around the shoulders, giving the players a protective layering of salty goodness. With this built in layer of salt, the shoulders toughen like a pork chop cooked by John Wayne. Grizzled. The opposition will no longer be able to concentrate instead focusing on that sweet sweet aroma.. Baaaam Stanley cup

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#13 Reg Dunlop
November 19 2012, 10:54AM
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@OilClog

Thank you my brother for a concise explanation of NAS. I learned, I laughed and I didn't have to waste an hour reading crack-addled ramblings.

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#14 DieHard
November 19 2012, 11:51AM
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@NewAgeSys

Thank you for a short comment. I finally read one of yours.

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#15 Purcker
November 19 2012, 12:43PM
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@NewAgeSys

"I could explain but it takes to darn much typing,simply "

. . . small blessings.

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#16 RexLibris
November 19 2012, 05:41PM
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@Chris

Call it an omission derived from a desire for revisionist history.

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