The Edmonton Oilers will have to do without defenseman Oscar Klefbom throughout the 2021 season, general manager Ken Holland announced on Monday.
With the announcement of the season cut short in the National Hockey League, the hockey man had no choice but to throw the towel in the case of his best fullback, who will have to go under the knife.
Suffering from repetitive shoulder problems, Klefbom had to miss nine games last February. He then returned to the game for three games before the recess and played all four of the Oilers’ playoff games.
In 2019-2020, the 27-year-old collected 34 points in 62 games, being almost essential to the team on the power play. Holland is hoping to see the Swede in good health again for the following season, which is expected to start in October 2021.
The GM also confirmed that forward Gaetan Haas will miss the start of training camp. The Swiss have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in his homeland earlier this month.