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Last night the Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 2-1. It was a wacky evening as Devan Dubnyk stopped 38 of 40 shots in his debut with the struggling team from Hamilton. Adding to the dramatic weirdness of the evening, Mark Arcobello scored the only two goals of the game for the Barons. Suddenly the world feels small.
In addition to the quality win, and the uptick in the Barons chances of making the playoffs, was a footnote on Oscar Klefbom. If you recall, a few days ago, as Craig MacTavish was fielding questions from the media in the post-trade deadline media event, he mentioned that Philip Larsen would be recalled. Not only was Larsen the easy choice, but it was the logical one at the time. He promised that we would likely see a caravan of players getting a few chances with the club (which is odd considering they have a limited number of call-ups; non-injury related) that might include Fedun and Klefbom. He went on to mention that Klefbom was dinged up in a recent OKC practice, and wouldn’t be recalled.
Last night, during the broadcast, the Barons radio crew mentioned that the Oscar Klefbom injury was a minor upper body injury, and that they expected him to be back in the lineup very soon. This is good news…maybe.
Klefbom has been shouldered with, well, shoulder injuries at various points throughout his young career. Any time he gets “dinged up” I go back to those injuries. Nothing has been said that indicates he’s having another round of shoulder problems, but upper body is close enough to give me feelings of frustration.
Regardless of the severity, he needs ice time, and he needs it consistently. Like so many prospects, health is so important early on, and Klefbom is a shiny example of the need to stay in good health.
As Patricia Teter pointed out on twitter last night, be afraid if he doesn’t suit up on Sunday as the Barons travel to Rochester. One or two games is a minor injury, more than that and it seems less minor. For now, we hope for the best, and look forward to Klefbom cracking the lineup again.