Oscar Klefbom learned a lot last season.
“It was a huge season last season,” he said following an informal skate with fellow Oilers players Monday at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park. “It was a big ego boost. Now I know how it is and the coaches know that I am ready for the NHL too. It was a really good season for my confidence so it was a big one.”
The 19th overall pick by the Oilers in the 2011 NHL Draft got his first taste of North American hockey last season. Not only that, he also earned 17 games in the NHL and even chipped in with a goal and two assists.
Now heading into training camp, Klefbom knows exactly what to expect in Edmonton, which is all thanks to the 2013-14 season.
“It’s huge. It helped me a lot and now I feel more prepared. I know what I have to do and how it works up here. I just try to prepare myself the best way to get ready.”
In addition to his 17 big league appearances, Klefbom played 48 games in the American Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Barons and added two playoff games there as well.
Confidence is one thing that Klefbom wants to transition over from last season. That confidence will eventually lead to him not only defending well but also gaining more offensive bravado, allowing him to jump up in the play more.
“I just want to stay confident on the ice with the puck. Last season at the end of the season was really good for me. It feels like I have more confidence on the ice right now with the puck. I am not just out on the ice to make the play but I can hold the puck and follow up some rushes too.”