The Oilers top prospect and roster hopeful Oscar Klefbom sustained what the team is calling concussion like symptoms during the exhibition game against the University of Alberta Golden Bears last week. As a result Klefbom missed the team’s split squad pre-season games against the Calgary Flames over the weekend but according to Oilerstv.com, the former first round draft pick is back on the ice skating and taking part in competitive practices.
Klefbom says he feels good and the team is taking the cautious approach, wanting to ensure he has no further symptoms. The video of Klefbom talking to Oilers TV has him saying that after the hit that dropped him to his knees, he was held off the ice for two days and was restricted to riding the bike. It wasn’t your casual bike ride in the park, but rather a 50 minute test to get his heart rate up and push his body to expose any symptoms. Two days of no skating and going hard on the bike, Klefbom “feels good” and was cleared to resume skating.
He’s been on the ice for the past two days but is uncertain if he’ll get into one of the two games the Oilers have this week. Tuesday the Oilers travel to Winnipeg to play the Jets before flying to Vancouver to battle the Canucks on Wednesday.
When asked if he felt the short layoff resulted in him losing anything in terms of his game, Klefbom doesn’t believe so and offered that the camp he had was a good step to “get his body going.”
As the udpates come forward we’ll keep you posted on the Klefbom situation and whether or not he’ll be dressing for any of this week’s action.