The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Oscar Klefbom to a seven-year deal worth $4.167 million per year, according to a report. The league’s official website announced the Klefbom signing with the Oilers while ESPN reported the amount of the contract.
"He's a top-four D and he's going to be a top-two D at some point," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said via the team’s website. "He plays a real responsible game and he moves the puck. We project on him, but we're fairly confident on it."
The 22-year-old Klefbom said that he’s “very excited for this year and the upcoming years” with his new long-term contract.
Klefbom, who is from Karlstad, Sweden, is among the Oilers’ top defensemen last season. Drafted in the first round or the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Oilers, Klefbom has 23 points (3 goals and 20 assists) in 77 games in two years in the league. In 2012, Klefbom was signed to a three-year deal.
Klefbom has represented the Swedish ice hockey national team from 2010 to 2012 as a member of his country’s youth teams. He played for the senior squad in 2015 when Sweden finished fifth at the world championships where he had 4 points (1 goal and 3 assists) in eight games played.