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BLOG: Chiarelli on Klefbom signing

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers announced Sunday morning that they locked up defenceman Oscar Klefbom long term.

Klefbom, 22, figures greatly into the organization’s plans for the blueline moving forward. He was inked to a seven-year extension.

“He’s a big, strong kid. He skates well, he moves the puck well, he defends well,” said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “I saw him play in the Worlds and at that high level, he’s a very good player. I know he’s only had 70-something games in the NHL but there’s a lot to like about him, on both sides of the puck.”

Chiarelli had some really high praise for the potential of Klefbom and gave an indication of where the Oilers believe is ceiling is.

“He’s a top-four D and he’s going to be a top-two D at some point,” said Chiarelli. “He plays a real responsible game and he moves the puck. We project on him but we’re fairly confident on it.”

Klefbom has just 77 NHL games under his belt since being taken 19th overall in 2011.

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