The Ticking Klefbom

Oscar Klefbom was drafted in June and then forgotten about, lost in the flood of teenagers at rookie and training camp vying for attention from the club and Oilersnation. The trouble with these SEL kids is that it’s hard to track them and then even more difficult to evaluate them based on miles and miles of zero’s in all the scoring columns. Well, how IS Oscar Klefbom doing?

On draft day he was interviewed on tsn and advised not to ask for #11 (Messier’s number and the number on his uniform, reflecting draft year). Klefbom answered the questions well and seemed like a nice enough fellow. There’s not much else we can glean from the 90 seconds with… that tsn gives the first round kids on draft weekend’s Friday night.

The Klefbom scouting reports were glowing (especially Redline report) and as a fan I was looking forward to tracking the youngster this year. It’s difficult because Klefbom plays for a deep team (despite struggles) and has often been playing for the J20 Farjestad squad so far in 11-12.


I think the best way to compare these seasons is to add in items aside from the basic boxcars (GP, G, A, PTS). Below, I’ve given the boxcars by year but also added TOI and then plus minus. Let’s have a look.

  • 10-11: 16, 1-1-2 2pims, +1 12minutes a game 6 hits
  • 11-12: 7, 0-0-0 0pims +2 7minutes a game 3 hits

The SEL and hockeydb sites have Klefbom playing 23 games last season but I went through and counted them and 7 of the games that had him listed did not show any TOI. For the purposes of our look at progress, I think games played is important so wanted to make things accurate.

Klefbom has had some injury issues (we discussed them here) and is playing fewer minutes this season. However, in recent games the young man appears to be getting more ice time and there’s a lot of season left to burn.

I don’t think we can read too much into the lack of offense, as PP time doesn’t appear to be plentiful at this point in his SEL career.


We shouldn’t expect major items like goals and assists from a kid playing 7 minutes a night, but if we look again in January and he’s up to 12 minutes that shows progress. He doesn’t appear to be hampering the team at evens and despite injuries and HS’s Klefbom is playing.

This week it was announced that Klefbom will play for Sweden in the 4Nations tournament in Finland during November, and he would have to be considered a strong option for the WJ’s in Alberta this December. He went 6, 1-3-4 a year ago at the World Juniors for Sweden.

  • Craiger

    who cares about ginos and apples – look at that head of hair!

    in all seriousness, i’m just glad he’s healthy. that early injury had me worried, glad he’s back and playing.

  • Bucknuck

    thanks for putting this one up. I was wondering how he was doing over in the SEL. It’s important that this team have some good young defenders in the system.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    Can’t wait to see this kid drop some Klefboms during the WJC this year (against non Canadian teams of course)

    So, what is his number on Färjestads BK?

    • Romulus' Apotheosis

      Lucky number too.

      General question LT:

      What kind of control do NHL teams have over drafted/signed players in other Leagues?

      I assume a fair amount within the organization (i.e. affiliated AHL teams). But outside of that, how does an NHL team ensure a development path that suits their needs? Presumably the needs of a player’s prospective future NHL team and current team don’t always meet up on questions of ice time, match-ups, etc.

      • Lowetide

        I think NHL teams can deal with the agent on it, but there’s not a lot they can do directly with an SEL team (they have no input).

        But they can talk to the agent and suggest another destination for the following year, etc. The one that sticks in my brain is Jani Rita, he didn’t play much in the SM-Liiga as a teenager.

        • Romulus' Apotheosis

          Thanks for the info. Really appreciate the insights. It is amazing how much a team can’t control for.

          Ok, Obvious question then, was there an alternative path for a player like Rita? Could the Oil have managed his development better by bringing him to the AHL earlier? I imagine these players are generally stuck in contracts with their European teams and therefore NHL teams are SOL?

          Speaking of Rita, looks like he’s playing pretty well so far this year
          15, 9-2-11 and 4pms
          Glad to see he found a home. “Once an Oiler…” and all…

          • Lowetide

            Yeah, I don’t honestly know. Rita looked like a player at the WJs, and when he did come over there were some promising signs (he had a good shot) but he never did grab the job.

            The one thing I believe we can look back on are those post draft seasons when he wasn’t playing much at all.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        30 games in two seasons, 3 points and 2 penalty minutes. Looks to have a low pain threshold it seems. Looks to be just another much trumpeted kid from across the pond, much like Paajarvi i guess. Magnus looks like he’s wandering in the desert…bouncing aimlessly around this lineup without a home yet.

        Paajarvi,Klefbom and Omark for Shea Weber next summer.

          • Peterborough

            Ya everything I’ve read about him says stuff like: “Character player, and potential captain”

            I’m sure giving up easily comes natually to Q . . . do you think he’s french?

          • First post here. I have read many topics here and gotta say, Moneypuck, I am quite sure you are the most pessimistic dude I have ever read posts from.

            On a lighter note, I wish Rod Phillips was still on the radio. Would love to hear him bellowing Klefbom with the bomb from the point to tie the game at 2

          • Quicksilver ballet

            I was just trying out a newer crystal ball. Sorry for leaving you guys hanging and not defending myself last night. My mother passed way last week and i’m the only offspring left in town to clean out here belongings from her residence. Her crystal ball works better than mine i guess, anyone want to buy one, since i have an extra?

            What takes these Euro’s so long to develope, why were the Oilers content to lay up and select an iffy prospect at 19th when we’re smack dab in the middle of a rebuild. Burn the place to the ground, outside of 4,14,91,93 and 94 there’s nothing left here. Time to start fresh here again and add to this smallish group

          • D-Man

            My apologies for your loss… I can only imagine the pain you’re going through with the loss of your mother…

            In regards to your last comment “..outside of 4, 14, 91, 93 and 94 – there’s nothing left here. Time to start fresh here again and add to this smallish group’. Do you watch Oiler games?? I can’t understand what more this group can do by going 4-2-2 in their first 8 games… The supporting cast does need an upgrade still on the blue line, but we have Marincin and Gernat doing awesome in the ‘dub. Patience is a virtue; get some before watching the next Oilers game.

          • Quicksilver ballet

            Haven’t seen any Oiler hockey the last two weeks. Just been keeping in touch here to see what’s going on.

            I won’t get to see tonights game but if the Oilers can brutalize that Washington defence the may have a good shot at another 2 pts. 2 guys on the d’man retrieving the puck, the first forechecker drives his shoulder into his torso. The second forechecking forward drives him into the boards again if he’s still standing after the first forecheckers efforts. Hang a couple body bags from the scoreboard tonight and send a message.

          • D-Man

            You haven’t seen any hockey in the last two weeks… Here’s a recap – asides from the kid line forecheck – our approach is more ‘trapish’ – like the Wild under the Lemaire regime. Boring to watch but extremely effective.

            We won’t be ‘attacking’ unless there’s a legitimate offensive opportunity or a chance to get the puck on a dump in. You’re preaching a bit of ‘old time hockey’ and even Washington has good puck moving defensemen – where that approach won’t work…

            Renney has locked down the forecheck a bit and is right now starting to open the gates… Washington has scored 30 goals over their first seven games with 9 guys having at least two goals… We’ll be agressive but smart – or at least I hope or we can face a 7 – 1 blow up the Wings experienced last week.

        • Truth

          Are you QB now Moneypuck, or Moneypuck with the same Avatar as QB?

          The Shea Weber trade proposal makes me think you are QB with a new nickname…still I am not sure.

          • Romulus' Apotheosis

            I’m pretty sure that’s Quick with a name change. He’s a perpetual rebuild machine. Everything from vets to rookies to prospects to his own name must be dealt for sweet sweet lotto picks.



            Looks like Landeskog is staying, Zibanejad is back to Europe. When does RNH get to hear the good news?


      • Plus the kid is a young 18 (July 20th), so he’s at least a half-year behind other 18 year old Swedish defenseman.

        I’d say more like 2 years in Sweden before we can expect the kid to come over to North America, and then he’s still likely need seasoning in the AHL.

  • a lg dubl dubl

    I hope this kid is able to come over to NA sooner than later id hate for him to b a pick that gets lost in the shuffle over time, he seems pretty good.

    Heard city council voted YAY on the new arena, hope the shovels get in the ground in less time than it took to get this far.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        C’mon now, play nice.

        Most everyone here seems to always choose the beaten path. Sometimes if you want to change things up a bit you have to put on that lime green track suit and knock the train off the rails.

        I enjoy the all Oilers all the time atmosphere here but nothing that happens here matters, sometimes it’s okay to come for the difference in opinion, even if it isn’t genuine.

        Quicksilver=Somebodyfnkillme=Moneypuck, there’s nowhere to hide for me. I come for the laughs, not to be better informed. We all have our differing opinion on things.

    • cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

      if one was rude they could suggest it was because the other name held about as much respect as a Playmate at a Nobel Peace prize gathering..

      i wont be rude today, so i wont come right out and say it…

  • Zack

    If any of you are interested in reading Klefboms draft status/reports to get a feel for him I would advise you check out BDW.


    I good resource I picked up from Lowetide a season ago or so. Other than that it’s pretty tough to find stuff on this kid, other than your basic hockey stats. None the less thanks for the update LT, I was wondering when it was coming, I was just hoping you were more lucky than I finding things and had little more to run with…

  • Truth

    Knowing very little about this guy, I trust the magnificent bastard’s pick here. The Oilers have been pretty CHL heavy in the last few drafts (so you know they’re looking) and took Klefbom over Joe Morrow, who apparently looked good in Pittsburgh.

    Its too bad the Oilers have absolutely no control in his ice-time and development.

    It would be nice if the Oilers could somehow “lend” Motin to Farjestad for the release of Klefbom’s contract and he could come dominate some WHL on the Oil Kings.

    I do realize this is impossible, but it sure would be nice.

    • Romulus' Apotheosis

      No No No… you’re not following the new model of the Smyth trade. You send them T. Fedun but don’t mention he’s got that whole compound fracture thing.

  • Lowetide

    Greg Atkins tweeted this to me this morning:

    one thing on Klefbom’s offense – in the J20 league, Klefbom posted 38 shots in 10gp, 2nd most on a team that has played 15 games

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    I think its time in this thread to move to Gagner. Can we not muster a trade for this kid. Even for a draft pick. He is so soft to play against. He spends half his shift cleaning the ice with his gear as he wallows around on the ice. As for Omark or the second coming of Robert Neilsen cut bait now.

    • Romulus' Apotheosis

      And… “Gagner’s Law” (analog to Godwin’s Law”) strikes again:

      “As an Oiler Nation discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Gagner and/or Omark approaches 1”

  • The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33

    Dear LT, First I’d like to say that I really enjoy reading your articles/blogs. They are quite insightful and always gives me a different angle on things. However a few articles ago you had promised or hinted towards changing your ways and stop objectifying women in your blogs.

    One of our fellow posters even called you out on it and promised never to read any of your work again if you didn’t stop. Well I’d like to make you a promise too LT. I promise I will never read another article/blog from you if it does not include women being objectified in any way.

    LOL, good stuff as always LT.

  • justDOit

    Shortly after the draft, I had read that the Wings were really interested in Klefbom, and thought that he would still be around when they picked.

    Is there a better unsubstantiated endorsement than that?

    • Romulus' Apotheosis

      Wow. that blog is packed. a bit cluttered and hard to read (tiny font is your enemy). Interesting perspective though. Awesome to know the Oil are represented all over.

  • justDOit

    Woo-HOO! The game is on TSN tonight! Won’t have to listen to LdB blather incessantly (his advice to Luongo on the last broadcast was hilarious).

    Boo-HOO! The Caps are in town… the same Caps that handed the Wings a 7 – 1 beat-down. Still, better than having to watch a Minny or Phoenix game.

    • Romulus' Apotheosis

      The article seems to imply he’ll be there (barring injuries, which he seems prone to). He was there last year, but to be honest he slipped past me – too many names to keep track of beyond a few key players on each team after Canada.