Jun 15, 2011

Draft: Countdown #10 - Oscar Klefbom

10. Oscar Klefbom

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 201 lbs
Shoots: L
DOB: July 20th, 1993
Nationality: Swedish
2010-2011 Team: Farjestad
League: Swedish Elite League
Stats: 23 GP - 1 G - 1 A - 2 PIM

AT: The second highest ranked Swedish D-man in this draft, Klefbom may be who teams look to if they were set on Adam Larsson and he's taken. At 6'3" and over 200 lbs, Klefbom has the body to make it into the NHL right away, although that may not necessarily be the best plan of action. He was the captain of the silver medal winning Swedish U18 team in Germany, showing he has leadership skills as well. Known as a passionate leader and a kid who plays with complete willingness to get physical, Klefbom could have some teams drooling over the prospect of such a hard worker. He seems to make very smart decisions with the puck and is very capable in clearing the puck. At not even 18, he has the room to grow and absolutely will. When he's already as strong as he is playing in the SEL, the possibilities for Klefbom in the NHL are endless.

Klefbom is a solid 2 way defenseman with an above average shot. He might not be the next Lidstrom, but he could prove to be a staple in any team's top 4 for years to come. He has the skills to make it in the NHL quickly and possibly out of camp for some teams, and he has the body to last him 15+ years on a team's blueline. He might be the ultimate package for a team needing a big, raw defenseman in their D-corps. I could see the Islanders taking a gamble on him, but not if they stay at 5.

CH: This player is a huge wild card for me. He could go as high as 5. But while it's way more likely he goes in the top half of the draft, he could fall into the mid-teens or even early 20s. This is exactly the type of player I would love to see the Islanders try to trade back into the first round to get if it's reasonable. I agree with Alex that the Isles shouldn't take him at 5, but if he's around at like 17-18, I would like to see the Islanders make a play. He's going to be a good defenseman for a long time in this league, so if the Islanders add a top-end forward and a defenseman like Klefbom, it would be a huge coup.

Most likely to be drafted: 5-10

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