Oscar Klefbom, 21, is heading into his second season with the Oilers. The former first-round pick gained 17 games of NHL experience last season and now knows what is expected of him.
The Oilers added some depth on the blue line during the off-season with veterans like Keith Aulie, Nikita Nikitin and Mark Fayne. Those experienced rearguards, along with other young defencemen such as Martin Marincin and Darnell Nurse, provide Klefbom with more competition for a roster spot heading into training camp.
Klefbom isn’t shying away from that competition and embraces it, knowing it could make him a better player in the long run.
“It’s always good when you have to compete hard for your spots on the team. I think that will make us better players in the future so it’s a really good thing.”