Oscar Klefbom said he believed he needed surgery to repair the chronic shoulder injury that would prevent him from competing in the 2020-2021 NHL season, but is unsure of when that will happen.
« [Ideally], I would like to go see a doctor in Cleveland and get some answers, “Klefbom said from his home in Karlstad, Sweden.” Obviously it’s a big decision I’m going to have to make to get my shoulder replacement or surgery. the shoulder performed.
“For me, I’m just going to take it one day at a time here and then I’ll have to talk to the medical staff in Edmonton again and see what’s going on and what’s best for me right now. ”
No recovery schedule for the surgery, if this occurs, is known at this point.
The shoulder injury caused Klefbom to miss nine games last season, from February 19 to March 5, 2020. He returned to play three games before the NHL suspended his season on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus .
“The loss of ‘Klef’ is secondary to how he feels,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. “His shoulder has been a problem for a long, long time and he’s struggled for a long time. He obviously made the decision to solve this problem. We’re not talking about coming back to him to play or anything. We talk about him making sure he feels good every day. He has a long life after [hockey]. He’s going to have the operation and if he returns to hockey, good. Otherwise, you obviously hope he feels good, that’s the main thing. ”
The 27-year-old averaged 25:25 ice time per game last season, most among Oilers defensemen and tied with Brent Burns the San Jose Sharks are fifth among NHL defensemen and have 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) in 62 regular season games. He had two assists in four games when the Oilers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the best of 5 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Klefbom has scored 156 points (34 goals, 122 assists) in 378 games in the NHL.
Shoulder pain over the past few seasons has motivated Klefbom’s desire for surgery.
“We are looking at options and hope that I can have my shoulder surgery and be free from the pain so that I can experience my private life a little better,” he said. “At the end of the day, I want to come back and play for the Edmonton Oilers. ”
Klefbom said on Monday he believed his shoulder problems started while playing for Farjestads in the Swedish Hockey League (2010-13). He was selected by the Oilers in the first round (19th) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
“I kind of parted my shoulder pretty badly and from what I’ve heard there’s a risk of arthritis and other things that go with it when you have this kind of surgery that I have. had in my youth, ”he says. “But I hope that will be fixed. You can play with a lot of pain as a hockey player, but you also have to be smart. Hope this is a problem we can solve. ”