NHL Draft profile: Oscar Klefbom
June, 22, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at Swedish defenseman Oscar Klefbom.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Oscar Klefbom. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: July 20, 1993/Karlstad, Sweden
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 pounds
2010-11 Team: Farjestad (Sweden)
|NHL Central Scouting||6th (European skaters)|
|Red Line Report||11th overall overall|
|International Scouting Services||10th overall|
|ESPN.com||Not in Top 50|
|The Hockey News||37th overall|
|Played in both the Swedish Elite League and at the junior level. Had one goal and one assist in 23 games with Farjestad in the Elite League.|
|Played at a couple levels of Swedish junior hockey. Picked up 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 19 games for Farjestad (J18-Elite). Had 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 6 games for Sweden at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.|
|ESPN.com scouting report|
|Positives: Size. Skating. Hockey sense.
Negatives: Puck skills.
Link: ESPN.com Oscar Klefbom Profile
|"Klefbom is still very raw but already well beyond the skill level of most of his peers, making him a very desirable prospect, but one who is overwhelmingly underrated. He is big, mobile and reliable. He is able to handle the puck well in traffic and rush up ice effectively. He has very good instincts with the puck at the point and loves to jump in off the weakside away from the puck. He has excellent speed and can recover well after aggressive pinches. He is a strong leader and plays hard consistently." - International Scouting Servics 2011 Draft Guide
"One of the best skaters in this year's draft with great wheels, powerful stride, lateral mobility, and quick feet. Very smooth pivots. Excellent backwards skater. Fast and strong enough to carry the puck out of the zone under heavy pressure. Can go end-to-end. Already a pro passer; makes fabulous long, lead stretch passes with terrific vision to spring forwards on breakaways, and also shows touch on short area passes. ... Defensively is starting to use his great size/strength to play a more physical game and is strong in battles. Needs to work on positional play and defensive awareness." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"He's a big, raw defenseman. He has pretty good mobility and he can rush the puck at times, but I've never seen any high-end offense from him." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.