DELAYED KLEFBOM

Lowetide
April 22 2012 07:20PM

Edmonton Oilers badly need good defenseman and help is on the way. Oscar Klefbom is rumored to be close to an NHL entry level deal, ensuring the club's best long term prospect will be an Oiler. The question is when?

FIGURING THINGS OUT

When it comes to European prospects, sometimes you get the best information from "outside" sources. Often a blog or twitter account will deliver facts miles before the electronic media picks up on it. Call it another advantage from the connection Al Gore invented when he was a teenager.

Martin Lundén runs the blog Swedish Oil and often delivers nuggets on the Oilers early. Recently, he passed along information on Klefbom that helped piece together the signing story and offered a couple of initeresting quotes for our reading pleasure.

Lunden quotes friend Johan Eriksson (who works for a newspaper in Karlstad) on two things I want to look closely at for this blog. 

  • Klefbom on his conversation with GM Steve Tambellini- I explained to him (Tambellini) that I really enjoy working here and what the situation looks like in Färjestad, when Frögren, Sevc and Berglund disappears, it favours me. I’m going up a few notches.

The portion about three veterans leaving is the major item here. This is important, because along with the signing comes word that Klefbom will stay another year in the SEL. So, these three characters listed, did they play a lot for Farjestad and push our man down the depth chart?

FARJESTAD BLUE TIME ON ICE 11-12

NAME

GP

G

A

PTS

TOI/G

MARTIN SEVC (LEAVING)

50

5

11

16

22:53

SANNY LINDSTROM

46

1

2

3

19:33

KRISTOFER BERGLUND (LEAVING)

51

0

10

10

18:32

JONAS BRODIN

49

0

8

8

17:27

JONAS FROGREN (LEAVING)

33

0

0

0

16:27

ANTON GRUNDEL

43

3

3

6

15:29

MAGNUS NYGREN

50

7

11

18

14:47

OSCAR KLEFBOM

33

2

0

2

13:43

JOHAN LARSSON

31

2

1

3

12:17

As Klefbom mentioned (and is highlighted by my sophisticated color table) young Klefbom should indeed move up the pecking order. Now, we should mention that the three exits could be followed by additions, but Klefbom and fellow junior Jonas Brodin should be able to grab some playing time in 12-13. 

It's also interesting to see where the offense comes from, looks like a lot of it is leaving this summer, and that could benefit Klefbom's boxcar numbers.

ANYTHING ELSE IN THE BRIEFCASE?

More Klefbom and his conversation with Mr. Tambellini: - I was a little nervous at first (when meeting up with Tambellini), a bit afraid that he would only put up a plan for my future should look like. But he asked rather a lot of questions about how the season has been, how it looks in Färjestad next year and how I felt about myself, the whole situation, both personally and in terms of hockey. (Signing a contract with the Oilers) is a major thing. NHL has always been the biggest dream for me and the fact they want to sign to a contract now is a proof that they are satisfied with me.

I wanted to post that quote because last year after the draft there were a lot of comments suggesting there was some worry about his long term plans. Seems to be pretty excited about the opportunity.

My thanks to Mr. Lundén for passing along this information and I'm hopeful he will continue his fine work. If you don't have his site bookmarked, its probably a wise thing to do if getting information early is important to you.

 WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The big question now has to do with that extra year in Sweden. I think it's always best to have these young men get to North America as quickly as possible, but in the case of Klefbom it would appear the opportunity with Farjestad in 12-13 involves a big step up in playing time and responsibility.

It's also interesting to read about how this young man views the organization and their efforts to sound him out about his future. Just guessing, but I bet that extra year in Sweden means a lot to Oscar Klefbom. I expect it will benefit the Oilers long term by listening to the player and coming up with an agreeable solution.

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#1 TigerUnderGlass
April 22 2012, 07:30PM
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On a completely different note:

Dustin Penner playing with Richard and Carter yet again tonight.

Funny how a guy many people here are so quick to call a 4h liner at best is trusted to play on the best possession line for the Kings.

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#2 Muji 狗
April 22 2012, 07:32PM
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Meh. Get back to us when Penner actually delivers some goals. Yes, I know he scored the game winner in game 1.

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#4 TigerUnderGlass
April 22 2012, 07:41PM
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@Muji 狗

The only guy on the team with more playoff goals than him is Brown. It must be really nice for you that you know he scored in game 1.

All I know is that when the team needs to control play he plays with Richards and Carter - whether they are protecting a lead or really need a goal. Why do you think that might be?"

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#5 TigerUnderGlass
April 22 2012, 07:42PM
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@Lowetide

I dunno. They are only down 1 and they are playing pretty well. Came very close to scoring quite a few times.

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#6 Vaclav
April 22 2012, 07:48PM
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LT,

McCurdy posted a blog about this on the Cult of Hockey 2 days ago. Not like you to be so late to the party especially with respect to a prospect you're so high on as Klefbom ;)

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#8 TigerUnderGlass
April 22 2012, 07:53PM
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I think another year developing close to home with a large bump in responsibility will do wonders for Klefbom. It will allow him to focus more on hockey than he might otherwise if he moved now.

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#9 Vaclav
April 22 2012, 07:54PM
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And Tambellini travels to Sweden to speak to one of his top prospects about his role in Farjestad and future with the Oilers? Say it isn't so? I was under the impression that Tambellini was physically incapable of communicating with any of his players/prospects.

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#10 TigerUnderGlass
April 22 2012, 07:55PM
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Vaclav wrote:

And Tambellini travels to Sweden to speak to one of his top prospects about his role in Farjestad and future with the Oilers? Say it isn't so? I was under the impression that Tambellini was physically incapable of communicating with any of his players/prospects.

Dare we hope it means he's learning?

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#11 Vaclav
April 22 2012, 07:57PM
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@Lowetide

It is a very nice table LT :)

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#12 C#####
April 22 2012, 07:58PM
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Two more goals for Tobias Rieder....15 goals in 15 games so far.

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#13 Vaclav
April 22 2012, 07:58PM
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@TigerUnderGlass

We can always hope

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#14 Walter Sobchak
April 22 2012, 08:00PM
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I think he should be here next year in the AHL playing huge minutes and in every situation. If we sign Klefbom and he play's another year in Sweden, he still has to come over the year after and most likely will play in the AHL anyways or very reduced minutes on the big club burning two years of his ELC.

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#15 Derle
April 22 2012, 08:03PM
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Rieder two shortys on the same pk

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#16 @NateInVegas
April 22 2012, 08:07PM
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So are the Oilers really going to start the 2012-13 season with the same D-men they finished with this year?

#MacKinnon

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#17 dawgtoy
April 22 2012, 08:18PM
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@LT~Speaking of truculence~ Jim Matheson's article in the Journal indicates Jordan 22 being a healthy scratch for Nashville throughout the playoffs thus far, and he doesn't like it one bit. He likely could be had for fairly cheap, and deliver some of that "Esa Tikkanen." Your thoughts?

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#18 Walter Sobchak
April 22 2012, 08:22PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Always liked Penner. Not surprised. LA looks like they're going to lose tonight, though.

Liked Penner too. He could have been one of the best power forwards in the game IMO. Having said that, if he would have played with a nasty edge, hit, fought and finished his checks he would have created so much room for himself.

Instead he plays soft.

Having said that he just took Beiksa's best and he couldn't move Penner.

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#20 etownman
April 22 2012, 08:42PM
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Couple things, that's 13 goals total for Rieder now, not 15.

Read the original article about Klefbom & Tamby's visit, they had a picture of Klefbom holding a trophy & I've got to tell you this kid is put together! I'm glad the Oilers aren't rushing him over here because another year of development in Sweden won't hurt him. He looks like a gem though!

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#21 Archaeologuy
April 22 2012, 08:49PM
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Am I right in thinking that even if he signs his ELC tomorrow it wont kick in while he's still in Europe?

Would he be developing for free, so to speak?

Where is Speeds, he's so good with this CBA business.

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#22 Gerald R. Ford
April 22 2012, 08:56PM
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Stollie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Light it, up, slackers. And not in the good way.

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#23 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 22 2012, 09:03PM
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StolllSqueee!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Kings knocking out those pantywaists in 5 is the greatest thing since the Bruins sticking it to them last year!

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#24 Shane
April 22 2012, 09:27PM
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Wow! What an outstanding table that is!

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#25 striatic
April 22 2012, 09:30PM
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do we have Klefbom's plus/minus as well?

surely if there is TOI information ..

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#26 Fresh Mess
April 22 2012, 09:41PM
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Great news. He's 2 or 3 years away from being NHL-ready. Another year or two getting feature minutes in a good pro league like SEL followed by a full season in the AHL will do him good.

I'm surprised the Oilers aren't rushing him into the lineup and stunting his development.

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#27 Wäx Män Riley
April 22 2012, 09:49PM
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Dear Vancouver,

BAAAAAAAHHAHAAAAAAHHHAAAAAHAAAAAAAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! Heeheee Heeeheee,,, hahahaha... hahahaa......... BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!

-Sincerely, hockey fans everywhere

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#28 Brad
April 22 2012, 09:54PM
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Just watched oilchange and Klefbom may not be here next year but I will put money that Fedun makes the team next year.Absolutely amazing individual should change his name to Rudy Rudiger.

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#29 Rocknrolla
April 22 2012, 10:16PM
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Klefbom is absolutely ripped in that pic. Shredded!

Great to see Stolli get the OT winner, he's been there before with the oil and was a beast on the dot. 68% they said? Kings could do some damage...

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#30 Oiler Al
April 22 2012, 10:35PM
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Penner, is the worst slug, to ever pull on Oiler jersey. Overweight, out of shape, and lazy. He will be playing in a beer league next year, where he belongs.He's a real pancake.

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#31 a lg dubl dubl
April 22 2012, 10:45PM
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@dawgtoy

Ive been thinkin the same thing too, especially if ST doesnt bring back Hordichuck.

Tootoo could be that coke machine the Oil need

Eager for Tootoo?

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#32 Walter Sobchak
April 22 2012, 10:48PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

@dawgtoy

Ive been thinkin the same thing too, especially if ST doesnt bring back Hordichuck.

Tootoo could be that coke machine the Oil need

Eager for Tootoo?

Tootoo is a UFA

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#33 RexLibris
April 22 2012, 11:13PM
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I had read also that if Klefbom stays overseas he would be eligible for the WJC again next season. I'm not sure about his birthday and the rules of eligibility and all that, so I'll take it for what it's worth right now. But, were he to play a season in Farjestads, the WJC and the IIHF Championship (all plausible) next season as a mjor contributor, he'd have a massive developmental advantage and could come into the lineup the season following able to slot into the 2nd pairing.

I actually do like the team's approach with him. Respecting the player and listening to his take on things is giving an inch today but may buy a country mile in a few years' time.

And #RiederforCalder2014

He's currently tied with Ty Rattie for CHL lead in playoff points. He's the same size as Sven Baertschi as well. He, Pelss and Gernat are fast becoming my favourite Oiler junior prospects. I'm really looking forward to seeing him at the prospects games this year.

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#34 justDOit
April 22 2012, 11:41PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

@dawgtoy

Ive been thinkin the same thing too, especially if ST doesnt bring back Hordichuck.

Tootoo could be that coke machine the Oil need

Eager for Tootoo?

Tootoo is a UFA, and is 5'9". NOT a coke machine. Plays with intensity, yes, but does not fit the definition.

Given his injuries this year, and the slow start, I'd rather have Eager. Hords can move on though.

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#35 Marshall Law
April 23 2012, 12:19AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Penner, is the worst slug, to ever pull on Oiler jersey. Overweight, out of shape, and lazy. He will be playing in a beer league next year, where he belongs.He's a real pancake.

I love when the "Penner's a slug" comments come out. Check out the list of scoring leaders for this team during the years he was here. I have a feeling you won't like what you find.

He'll be in the NHL for a while to come. Size and skill is a rare combination that GMs usually don't like to pass up on.

Despite his brutal regular season this year, I'm sure that the Kings are happy he's in the fold right now. Those Vancouver D men seemed to have a pretty hard time pushing him off the puck.

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#36 bazmagoo
April 23 2012, 01:52AM
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It's great the Oilers don't have to rush the Klefbom. He's under contract to his Swedish team for another year, which he was pretty clear he wanted to honour during his TSN interview at the draft.

Would have been ideal to have him in the AHL next season (with possible NHL callups), but the SEL is a top league and won't hurt his development.

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#37 dohfOs
April 23 2012, 05:01AM
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The story is not so much rumoured any more, got it confirmed by Färjestad the other day. Then again, it's not official yet in the eyes of the Oilers.

Also, his TOI is deceptive. Remember that Klefbom started the season as the 7th D, which in Sweden means he is in fact on the bench and even if he doesn't play a single shift, it will count towards his TOI. At the end of the season Klefbom played roughly 17-20 mins per game, matched against the opponents top scorers and he did a heck of a good job. He didn't see time on the PP (but hopefully he will, come 2013/14).

To those who say he'll be NHL-ready in 2-3 years, I'll bet you he's ready sooner than that. It's more of a question at what level he'll be ready. Could he have slotted in on THE Oilers 3rd line pairing this fall? No doubt in my mind he could.. but that's not really where we hope he'll end up right, so in that sense he might not be "ready" yet.

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#38 Guts
April 23 2012, 07:45AM
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1) FBK + national team + captain of the junior in WJC. 2) Higehts minutes in the playoffs in SEL for FBK... Again ... ... ... That's huge. 3) 18 years old (or nineteen right about now), let him stay home for a while longer for f***s sake, he's a kid.

Bottom line: he's not a machine. If he wants to stay he should stay. He gets ALOT of time already and imo will be a lock for next year.

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#39 Aitch
April 23 2012, 08:13AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Am I right in thinking that even if he signs his ELC tomorrow it wont kick in while he's still in Europe?

Would he be developing for free, so to speak?

Where is Speeds, he's so good with this CBA business.

On a similar line, can someone remind me if his contract will count against the pro 50, if he's in Europe?

I'm hoping this is something they open up a little in the next CBA. 50 contracts isn't enough, especially when teams are now icing upwards of 3 full teams between the ECHL, AHL and NHL.

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Is there a breakdown for his TOI/Game as the year went on? I thought he wasn't exactly used that much to start, but down the stretch he saw a bigger role.

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#41 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2012, 10:19AM
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I'm so pumped about this Klefbom kid. Anyone know what number he'll wear yet?

Maybe i'll just put a Klefbom namebar on the back of my jersey, along with an ETA 2015. Should be able to get all of that on the back, eh?

Throw the kid on the pile of available prospects to help bring in a No.1 or 2 blueliner now.

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#42 RexLibris
April 23 2012, 01:01PM
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@Aitch

I'm pretty sure that players in Europe don't count towards the cap or the contract limit.

The Flames had to trade a 2nd round pick to the Sabres to get Kotalik off their books because he wouldn't go an play in Europe. Then after the trade, he suddenly decided that the Sabres were asking more nicely and he went overseas.

I agree that the 50-man limit can cause constraints, especially in a rebuilding team that is developing by trawling the draft. However, I can't see the limit moving much higher than perhaps to 52. I would think that players want that limit, in some ways, so that NHL regulars and AHL players can move about from one team to another. It can screw over the junior players who were never drafted but have improved later in their career, like Brendan Shinnimin or Michael Catenacci.

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#43 bazmagoo
April 23 2012, 01:28PM
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Considering the NHL>KHL>SEL>AHL his development will probably be improved playing in the SEL as opposed to the AHL. The only possible negative is he won't be playing North American style hockey, but I don't see that being a huge issue.

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#44 Ernie Scar
April 23 2012, 07:46PM
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Q: when? A: Never See: Selmar Odelien, Jason Soules, Nick Stadjuhar, Matthieu Descoteaux, etc.

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