The Edmonton Oilers have shaken their roster up over the last week or so, and Oscar Klefbom was recalled from the Oklahoma City Barons due to trades and injury. The blueliner is one of the top prospects in Edmonton’s organization that isn’t currently with the Oilers, so there’s been some excitement to see what he can do at the NHL level.
He wasn’t with the Oilers in time to take on the San Jose Sharks last night, and he’s unsure if he’ll get the call to go this evening when the Oilers take on the Calgary Flames.
According to Edmonton’s official website, the team is awaiting word on whether or not an ailing “undisclosed” defenseman will be good to go or not against the Flames. Klefbom spoke to the site this morning about whether or not he’d play tonight:
We’ll see. I just try to be as prepared as I can to play every game. It’s up to the coaches when I’m going to play.
To that point, head coach Dallas Eakins had this to say about Klefbom’s current state of limbo:
If our d-man is deemed unable to go, then Oscar will play. If our d-man is fine, Oscar won’t.
Simple enough. It’s unknown who the banged up defender is, what his timetable for recovery is or how long Klefbom could be with Edmonton, but it’s a real possibility that he gets into this first regular season NHL game tonight. He’s primarily a defensive-defenseman, but that’s what the Oilers need right now so he could be a boost to the lineup regardless of who is healthy and who isn’t.