EDMONTON, AB - Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom spoke with the media Friday for the first time since receiving surgery on his left shoulder earlier in the year. Klefbom, 27, has been sidelined for the 2020-21 National Hockey League season but is happy to be making progress after a successful procedure.
"I feel pretty good," he said. "It's going to take some time and obviously there's pain because of the surgery but just overall, I'm happy. I have a long way to go with the recovery."
The 19th-overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft was unable to provide an exact timeline for his return as his health continues improving. Klefbom did say that he hopes to continue his NHL career at some point but at the moment is staying patient.
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"I wish I had more answers but we'll just wait and see," Klefbom said. "It's a big, serious surgery and we got to give it some time. For me to say I'll be ready in October or November or whatever, is impossible. We're just going to give it some time."
Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett was also asked about Klefbom's situation and whether or not he is thinking about the defender's future with the team.
"I'll worry about that this summer," Tippett said. "Klef is a big part of our team and he's been missed but that being said, you can't dwell on it and got to get by it. He'll continue to rehab and we'll get a clearer picture of where he's at this summer."