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Intriguing D-Pairing with Potential

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

An intriguing defensive pairing for the Edmonton Oilers prospects tonight is Oscar Klefbom and Martin Marincin.

Both bring a different set of skills along with their size attributes. Klefbom is much more physical and provides a toughness while Marincin showed a long reach and offensive ability last year in Oklahoma City.

If Klefbom does not make the Oilers roster out of training camp, this pairing could be an interesting and potentially dominant combination in the American Hockey League barring further development from Marincin.

“On paper it looks really good,” said Oilers coach Todd Nelson. “Hopefully it translates in the game tonight. I think the way we feel Oscar plays and Marty plays it’s a nice compliment towards each other so we hope it works out.”

“He’s really good defenceman,” said Klefbom of his new partner. “Big, strong, good shot and very good reach. I’m looking forward to playing with him.”

Marincin played in 69 games for Oklahoma City and scored 30 points (7-23-30) and had seven points (1-6-7) in 17 playoff games.

Klefbom is now healthy coming off a shoulder injury that held the former 19th overall pick in the 2011 draft out for most of the season.

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