The Edmonton Oilers, and their fans, are certainly not pleased with this season's performance of young defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who has struggled all year long.
Last week, there was trade chatter that general manager Peter Chiarelli had been listening to offers on the 24-year-old blue liner, especially one at the centre of a discussion with the Boston Bruins, who has been seeking additional help on both ends of the ice.
However, these teams will now need to investigate somewhere as as NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman posed an interesting question on Klefbom's status in his latest 31 Thoughts column on Sportsnet.
"Don’t know if Oscar Klefbom needs some kind of surgery, but he hasn’t looked right all year. Wonder if we’re getting to the point he’s shut down to get ready for next season," writes Friedman.
Is this what is going on in Edmonton? Will the Oilers choose to shut down Klefbom to allow him to get better, potential undergo shoulder surgery, to return to the player he once was before the current season?
Last year, Kelfbom recorded 12 goals and 38 points, and registered a plus 7 rating in his fourth year with the club. In 51 games this season, the young defenseman has amassed just three goals and 14 points, along with a mediocre -12 plus/minus rating.
This could be a tough decision to take, but might be the better one as the Oilers are already planning ahead for next season.