KLEFBOM RISING

Lowetide
September 28 2012 10:44PM

It's early, and we all know defensemen can rise and fall with the price of oil, but Oscar Klefbom has enjoyed an excellent start to his SEL season.

Last season, Klefbom--18 at the time--played a depth role on the Farjestad club (SEL). That's a real positive for a player that age, and we can see by this lovely graph (stunning, isn't it?) that young Oscar did well in a depth role.

LOVELY GRAPH, FARJESTAD D 2011-12

NAME

GP

G

A

PTS

TOI/G

+/-

Martin Sevc

50

5

11

16

22:53

+5

Sanny Lindstrom

46

1

2

3

19:33

+1

Kris Berglund

51

0

10

10

18:32

+8

Jonas Brodin

49

0

8

8

17:27

+6

Jonas Frogren

33

0

0

0

16:27

+10

Anton Grundel

43

3

3

6

15:29

-8

Magnus Nygren

50

7

11

18

14:47

-10

Oscar Klefbom

33

2

0

2

13:43

-1

Johan Larsson

31

2

1

2

12:17

-6

As you can see, Klefbom was a depth defender, an extra player (although his playing time increased as the season wore on). His minus 1 on a team with 5D in the black suggest that young Klefbom wasn't among the most trustworthy defenders on the roster--and at 19 that's just right.

LOVELY GRAPH, FARJESTAD D 2012-13

NAME

GP

G

A

PTS

TOI/G

+/-

Chris Lee

5

0

0

0

20:55

+1

Ole-Kristian Tollefson

6

1

0

1

20:17

-1

Magnus Nygren

6

1

1

2

19:19

-3

Oscar Klefbom

6

0

1

1

19:16

+4

Ville Lajunen

5

2

1

3

18:20

+2

Sanny Lindstrom

6

0

0

0

17:53

+2

Anton Grundel

4

0

1

1

17:12

-1

Calle Anderson

2

0

0

0

2:51

E

Now we need to remember this is early, but all the numbers are heading in a good direction. Klefbom--who won't turn 20 until next summer--is 4th in TOI and has the best plus minus. His time on ice totals are very close to Nygren and Tollefson, and he's trending in the right direction in recent games.

These are positive signs. We should begin to hear anecdotal evidence of this move up the depth chart and Klefbom performing well against tougher competition.

Math suggests it is inevitable.

IS HE A COMPLETE PLAYER?

The evidence suggests Klefbom will not put up big points in pro hockey, but then again it is also unlikely that he's getting a lot of powerplay time at this point in his career.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Hmm, let's see. Oilers signed an offensive dynamo from the blue who can play defense in Justin Schultz, and have an emerging defensive player who can make crisp outlet passes in Oscar Klefbom.

Does that sound like a pairing made in heaven?

 

 

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#1 Mike
September 28 2012, 11:33PM
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This is the fist good news I've heard all week.

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#2 The Goalie 1976
September 29 2012, 12:05AM
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It will be interesting to see which ones of the pile of dmen prospects the Oilers have make it. I remember Hall's rookie year the general sentiment was MPS was the most NHL ready, Hall was Hall, and Ebs was a bit slow and a possible 3rd wheel. Wow how things have changed. I like Klefbom, but I have a feeling that Musil will be a late bloomer and have a long Jason Smith type career and end up the best of the group. Just a hunch.

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#3 PaperDesigner
September 29 2012, 12:27AM
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Lowered, I think given your skill at parsing sparse information on prospects from exotic leagues like the SEL, SM-Liiga (??) and the Oilers favourite foreign market, the WHL, you probably will have the least drop-off in terms of interesting content amongst most bloggers.

As to Klefbom, although I am extremely optimistic about his chances given his increasing role in a very good leagues, I wonder if sometimes otherwise quality players will end up losing their potential offense along the way due to continually playing in leagues where they do not have opportunity to develop confidence, since success is defined by surviving against more experienced players. Is the difference between Magnus Paajarvi and Jordan Eberle primarily of raw talent, or the opportunity to develop offensive skills and confidence against an age group that that will yield those opportunities? While Eberle was destroying the WHL, Paajarvi was doing arguably the equivalent by being a legitimate, though not elite, top six forward in a very good pro league. I wonder if there's something there...

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#4 EasyOil
September 29 2012, 02:38AM
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Yakupov cleared to play by Hockey Canada. Ruled that he didn't have suitable independent legal advice when he signed the contract with Sarnia at 17. Nice to see them do the right thing.

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#5 pelhem grenville
September 29 2012, 05:42AM
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Lowered? yes Lowered...

...most hilarious typo amongst most bloggers

and Lowtide?... the graphs are lovely too

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#6 The Soup Fascist
September 29 2012, 06:42AM
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So with the information you have, which current NHL d-man would be a reasonable equivalent to where you see Klefbom at in a few years, Lowetide?

I realize this is an unfair question, but those are the most fun.

PS Pelhem, auto correct is the greatest / worst thing ever. File this one under the former.

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#8 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
September 29 2012, 09:16AM
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Won 4-1 away. Klefbom = D.O.M.I.N.A.N.T. Holy hell he's winning every battle out there. So confident and huge. Perfect pokechecks in key situations like 2 on 1. Played both PP1 and SH1. In several PP occasions he attacks the net without puck and stays there for 30-40 sec just waiting for the pass, taking the battle infront of the goalie. 22.27 ice time, most in the team. 2 shots on goal. Should have 1 assist but it says 0 on the official site. Probably one of the best defensive performances i've ever seen in Färjestad.

Via Southswe on hfboards who gives quite a few updates on Klefbom. He did however end up with an assist once everything was updated. This was from Thursday.

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#9 Hammers
September 29 2012, 10:42AM
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This is really good news and hopefully it keeps up his whole season . As for Schultz with the Barons starting up tomorrow we will have a good idea in another month . I would like to track Maricin ( Not sure of spelling) as well . When you add Musil we have 4 "D" we are all hoping will make it over the next 3 years . With Smid & Petry and hopefully Whitney that could be a Good defence .

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#10 @Oilanderp
September 29 2012, 11:54AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KUJE2xs-RE

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#11 steelymac
September 29 2012, 07:06PM
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I will bet he will play alot softer than Laddy.I will also bet he will be very composed and wont take dumb penalties.See you next year Oscar.

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