Oilers take Klefbom 19th on draft day

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With their second pick in the first round, 19th overall, the Edmonton Oilers have selected Farjestad defenseman Oscar Klefbom.

Another in an impressive trio of defensemen Sweden has produced for this draft alongside Adam Larsson and Jonas Brodin, Klefbom plays a flashy offensive game that includes a strong willingness to join the rush as a fourth forward.

His offensive instincts are limited to that, though. Klefbom possesses a great vision to either make an intelligent pass or to simply put the puck on net. His soft hands both enable him to carry the puck into the offensive zone with relative ease or to control the powerplay from the back end without worry.

Where the six-foot-four, 200-pound defenseman lacks is in his physical presence. Klefbom throughout the season continued to shy away from engaging in physical battles despite his impressive size and showed he is easily checked off the puck by opponents, regardless of their physical stature.

This lack of physicality has also left many to question whether or not Klefbom can change his demeanor and become a force in his defensive zone as well, something the Farjestad blueliner is lacking to this point in his development.

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