Edmonton Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom possesses offensive prowess. However, he showed true potential as a top-power-play quarterback in Thursday’s victory over San Jose.
Klefbom finished with four assists Thursday and proved to be a difference-maker in the team’s victory over San Jose.
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The Swedish blueliner has an underrated shot and can blast the puck from the point. He also does a great job of making passes and keeping the puck in the zone. Klefbom has great vision and offensive awareness, and with more time, he could turn into the Oilers’ top asset on the power-play.
Edmonton’s top PP unit already possesses plenty of skills. They have the big bodies in front of the net, McDavid leading the plays and strong shots from the point. Klefbom brings that extra power and helps bring the entire unit together.
However, the second power play unit could use a bit more push, and that’s where Klefbom comes in. If he can bring his shot and playmaking ability to the second special teams unit, he could help that unit have stronger chemistry and put more pressure on the power play moving forward, even when that top unit leaves the ice.
Overall, the power play is solid, and Klefbom showing his ability as a puck-moving quarterback is great moving forward. The team can benefit from his skill-set on the point, and as clear by Thursday’s win, shots from the point and traffic in front have proven to be effective. Klefbom is surely a top-pairing blueliner, but his offensive acumen will make him stronger for years to come.