Edmonton Oilers’ first-rounders have been quick studies lately, but Oscar Klefbom is opting to take a more measured approach.
The 19th pick from the 2011 draft told Adam Kimelman that he’s going to target the 2013-14 season for his first big NHL bid.
Instead, Klefbom will finish out the last year of his deal with Farjestad of Sweden’s Elite League.
“It’s been a long discussion,” Klefbom said. “Edmonton wants me to come over and try but I don’t want to come over and feel like I’m not ready. I think Farjestad is a really good opportunity for me to be a really good player.”
The Oilers are brimming with young forwards, yet Klefbom joins newly acquired blueliner Justin Schultz as one of the few rising defensive prospects.
Former NHLer and current Oilers scouting director Mike Sillinger provided this rave review of Klefbom.
“Oscar is a big, strong, real good first-pass guy — a real good defender too,” Oilers director of player development Mike Sillinger told the team’s website. “The importance of having and developing good, young, solid defense for our team is crucial. … Oscar has a chance to be a big-time prospect with us.”
They’ll probably need to wait, though.
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Here’s an easy way to remember how to spell Shayne Gostisbehere’s maddening last name (and even his first name can trip you up).
Ghost-is-be-here, without the h.
Not too bad, right?
If you’re more of the slogan type, it’s getting to be the point where “Tough to spell, tougher to stop” may be a pretty good one-liner.
The Philadelphia Flyers phenom has made a habit of scoring overtime game-winning goals on the power play lately. Friday’s version was the decisive tally in a 3-2 OT win against the Nashville Predators, which you can watch up top.
As you can see in comparing that goal with the one below (which made the difference against the Carolina Hurricanes), opposing coaches may want to make it a point to emphasize stopping this setup, even if it means writing “Don’t let that Ghost kid free.”
All three of his goals are on the power play so far.
Will he breathe life back into the Flyers’ man advantage at this rate?
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins