Oilers will be without their No. 1 defenseman anymore than we had originally hoped. Klefbom, who left Tuesday's victory in Colorado after blocking a shot, will have surgery on his finger, meaning he will miss six to eight weeks of action.
Surgery for Oilers' Oscar Klefbom on his injured finger … out 6 to 8 weeks.
– John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 15, 2018
We knew right after the match that Klefbom would be out for weeks rather than days, but it was pretty much the worst scenario.
With Klefbom out of lineup, Oilers has had Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson is making heavy heavy lifting on blueline. Kevin Gravel and Matt Benning have also seen an increase in a few minutes and Jason Garrison has been put into the slope. Rookie Caleb Jones was also recalled to give the team another option on blueline.
Of course, things get a little easier for Edmonton's blueline when Kris Russell, who went on the Injured Reserve while Klefbom returns to action, it will be very difficult to navigate several months without Klefbom on the top pair.
I wrote earlier today about how the trading market is gearing up for rent this year. Given the fact that Klefbom would be out until February, Oilers could look at pulling the trigger on an agreement that helps shore up its blueline. Of course, you will not replace Klefbom via trade right now, but adding a little quality depth would be very beneficial because Oilers is working through life without his best defender.