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Oilers sign 2011 first-round pick Klefbom

Jun 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

Oscar Klefbom

On Tuesday, Edmonton Oilers added to a roster already filled with first-round picks by agreeing to terms with Oscar Klefbom.

Klefbom, 18, inked a three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers after spending last season with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound blueliner was taken 19th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, one of two picks Edmonton made in the opening round (the other was Calder Trophy nominee Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.)

For a team desperate to add talent and depth to the blueline, Klefbom is key. He was a rock for the gold medal-winning Swedish team at the 2012 World Juniors, capturing a first team All Star spot, and is regarded as a versatile defenseman with solid puck moving skills.

Should Klefbom make the Oilers next season, there could be as many as seven top-20 picks since 2007 in the Edmonton lineup: Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, Colten Teubert and Sam Gagner.

  1. paulsdamnblog - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    That many top 20 picks and they’ll once again fail to make the playoffs.

  2. danphipps01 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Yeah, and half of them kind of suck. At least the top line’s good, although it would be better if Taylor Hall could play maybe seventy games or so for a change. Maybe even a full season? Eh, best not to get my hopes up.

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    The Oilers seriously need some more veteran support. It’s too bad it’s so hard to convince players to go up there.

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