According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Oilers’ rookie and top prospect Oscar Klefbom is experiencing concussion-type symptoms. The apparent injury occurred during the Oilers rookie game against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Tuesday night when Klefbom was caught with an unsuspecting hit from Levko Koper.
Matheson describes the hit as an elbow that went unpenalized and having not seen the play, it’s unfair to comment on it. Either way, losing Klefbom for any extended period of time would be detrimental to the young defenseman’s chances of making the squad out of camp.
Head coach Dallas Eakins told Matheson that Klefbom appeared to be fine following the game but then woke up with a headache and other symptoms the following morning. As a result the Oilers are taking every precaution when it comes to head injuries, as they should.
Klefbom, who was selected 19th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft was only one of a few rookies that were expected to have a legitimate shot at cracking the Oilers roster in time for the start of the regular season. There is no time table surrounding his return. As any news break on this injury we’ll keep you posted.
In other Oilers injury news, Matheson reports that rookies Jujhar Khaira is experiencing some shoulder pain, Andrew Miller is day-to-day with a back injury, Kale Kessy has a nagging knee problem and Curtis Hamilton has an undisclosed injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday.
Matheson quotes the coach as saying “nobody’s long-term other than (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, rehabbing his shoulder). Everybody’s day to day or well under a week.”