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Oilers prospect Klefbom opts to stay in Sweden next season

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

poses for a portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.

Nick Laham

Edmonton Oilers’ first-rounders have been quick studies lately, but Oscar Klefbom is opting to take a more measured approach.

The 19th pick from the 2011 draft told Adam Kimelman that he’s going to target the 2013-14 season for his first big NHL bid.

Instead, Klefbom will finish out the last year of his deal with Farjestad of Sweden’s Elite League.

“It’s been a long discussion,” Klefbom said. “Edmonton wants me to come over and try but I don’t want to come over and feel like I’m not ready. I think Farjestad is a really good opportunity for me to be a really good player.”

The Oilers are brimming with young forwards, yet Klefbom joins newly acquired blueliner Justin Schultz as one of the few rising defensive prospects.

Former NHLer and current Oilers scouting director Mike Sillinger provided this rave review of Klefbom.

“Oscar is a big, strong, real good first-pass guy -- a real good defender too,” Oilers director of player development Mike Sillinger told the team’s website. “The importance of having and developing good, young, solid defense for our team is crucial. ... Oscar has a chance to be a big-time prospect with us.”

They’ll probably need to wait, though.