Oilers February NHLE - Oscar Klefbom Needs Help

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: 19th overall pick Oscar Klefbom by the Edmonton Oilers speaks to the media during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Oscar Klefbom is either insanely unlucky or insanely bad. His scoresheet totals still show a giant zero. For comparison's sake, Johan Motin has 1 assist in 30 games in the SEL. Motin is a rugged, own-zone only defender. Klefbom is a wizard with puck and passing skills. Something is surely wrong with his season.

For a complete look at all of the Oilers' prospects and their NHL numbers, we can use Gabriel Desjardins' NHL Equivalency. Gabe's methodologies are described on his translations page:

One way to evaluate the difficulty of one league relative to another is to examine the relative performance of players who have played in both leagues. Players rarely play significant time in two leagues in the same year, but they often play in one league in one year and in another the next. As long as a player’s skill level is approximately constant over this two year period, the ratio of his performance in each league can be used to estimate the relative difficulty of the two leagues.

After the jump is the full list of skating prospects with their NHL Equivalency and full season projections.

Player - League League DOB Drafted NHL82 G NHL82 A NHL82 P Change
Linus Omark AHL 2/5/87 97 12 22 34 -7
Kellen Jones NCAA 8/16/90 202 13 21 34 5
Tobias Rieder CHL 1/10/93 114 16 15 31 0
Toni Rajala SM-Liiga 3/29/91 101 14 11 25 -2
Philippe Cornet AHL 3/28/90 133 17 8 25 -1
Mark Arcobello AHL 8/12/88 Und 8 15 23 2
Teemu Hartikainen AHL 5/3/90 163 11 11 22 -2
Drew Czerwonka CHL 7/1/92 166 8 11 19 0
Kristians Pelss CHL 9/9/92 181 10 8 18 1
Ryan Martindale ECHL 10/27/91 61 5 7 12 -1
Tyler Pitlick AHL 11/1/91 31 4 7 11 1
Antti Tyrvainen AHL 4/3/89 Und 3 8 11 1
Chris VandeVelde AHL 3/15/87 97 3 7 10 -1
Curtis Hamilton AHL 12/4/91 48 4 5 9 0
Travis Ewanyk CHL 3/29/93 74 0 8 8 -
Cameron Abney ECHL 5/23/91 82 2 3 5 0
  • "NHLE is stupid!", they said. "Kellen Jones will never score 30 in the NHL!" "Calm down," I said. "Conference play is around the corner," thinking he would get torn up in conference. Kellen Jones - 11 points in his last 8 games. Either Little Scrappy has some game or NHLE is broken.
  • Except for Jones, who jumped from 29 to 34, the forward group is in the midst of a three-month slide. The "incredible prospect depth" narrative may be overdone.
Player League DOB Drafted NHL82 G NHL82 A NHL82 P Change
Jeremie Blain CHL 3/19/92 91 4 18 22 0
Martin Gernat CHL 4/11/93 122 4 18 22 0
Kyle Bigos NCAA 5/12/89 99 5 15 20 0
Taylor Chorney AHL 4/27/87 36 3 15 18 1
Brandon Davidson CHL 8/21/91 162 5 12 17 1
Martin Marincin CHL 2/18/92 46 4 12 16 2
Dillon Simpson NCAA 2/10/93 92 1 14 15 -1
Alex Plante AHL 5/9/89 15 1 12 13 -1
David Musil CHL 4/9/93 31 2 9 11 2
Colten Teubert AHL 3/8/90 13 2 7 9 -4
Ryan Lowery AHL 9/6/88 Und 1 8 9 0
Kirill Tulupov AHL 4/23/88 67 1 8 9 1
Kevin Montgomery AHL 4/4/88 110 1 7 8 -1
Oscar Klefbom SEL 7/20/93 19 0 0 0 0
Taylor Fedun AHL 6/4/88 Und Inj Inj Inj -
  • Oscar Klefbom is either the world's most unlucky defenseman or he has no idea where the offensive zone is. 30 games without a point is kind of crazy for a guy purported to have sublime puck-moving ability.
  • Oklahoma City fans should get used to hearing Kyle Bigos' name. He's going to arrive as soon as Merrimack is eliminated and he's going to be featured early and often next season. If he is a 20 point NHL defenseman, he's going to be a 40 point AHL defenseman. At 6'5, 230 pounds.

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