Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli revealed Tuesday that defenseman Oscar Klefbom has been dealing with a staph infection.
He told Jason Gregor of TSN 1260, “He had a staph infection in his ankle, then it got infected again. He had surgery to remove some of the infection.”
The 22-year-old defenseman has had some adversity this season. He initially left the lineup due to a finger injury. During his recovery the infection cropped up and it’s been a long road back to health. It has kept him out of the lineup since December 11.
Klefbom has resumed skating and is expected to return to the lineup in March, Gregor relayed.
Klefbom is in the final year of his entry-level contract and has already signed his extension. It was a seven-year extension with an AAV of $4.167 million.
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