FanPost

LHH Mock Draft: Detroit Red Wings Pick #24

The Detroit Red Wings organization would like to thank the Minnesota Wild and the City of Minneapolis for their generous hospitality and we'd like to acknowledge the Vancouver Canucks/Boston Bruins for their exemplary diving abilities, potty mouths, and overall terrible goaltending by a certain former Islanders prospect while on the road, as well as their play that led to their Stanley Cup victory that brought the cup back to the True North for the first time in almost 20 years/ended a nearly 40 year drought for the city and fans of Boston.  Both teams played valiantly, albeit somewhat outside the rules throughout a wildly entertaining Final series.

Now, without further ado, with the 24th selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Detroit Red Wings are proud to select from Eliteserien Champion Färjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League...Oscar Klefbom.

Final Rankings:

THN: 37 (Overall)

ISS: 10 (Overall)

CSS: 6 (European Skaters)

There is no denying this young Swede's attributes and we're quite happy that he has fallen into our laps. At 6'3" 200lbs and still growing, he will become a force to be reckoned with after several years of polishing.  Considering that he moved from the J-18 Färjestads team in December to the Eliteserien team and played the remainder of the season against men, his development curve shouldn't be terribly far from being a top 4 blueliner in the NHL.

From what I've found on him, the only knocks on his game are in the defensive zone.  His inexperience and positioning in the second half of the SEL season were things that will be ironed out with time.  On a puck-possesion style team like the Red Wings, I doubt this will be a shortfall.  As they say, you can always teach someone defense and a great technical skating stride, but you can't teach hockey sense, leadership, and offensive skills of which Klefbom has in great supply. On top of all that, his size and strength already allow him to take the body with regularity and he doesn't shy away from corner engagements.

At the World Jr.'s, he captained the Swedish team to a Silver Medal and was voted in the top 3 players on his team by his teammates. With Brian Rafalski having bought the farm and rode off into the sunset of retirement and Nick Lidstrom not far behind him, it's time for the next great scouting miracle pulled off by Detroit's Swedish "super-scout", Håkan Andersson.  That is of course considering that the Red Wings might as well be the Swedish National Team because of him.

It was of great debate, even around these parts, where Klefbom would land.  Some scouting services had him in the top 12, others as an early second-rounder.  I personally doubt he gets out of the first round. With his skills and big body it will be difficult, especially for a team like the Red Wings, to not take a chance on him. With their track record of unearthing absolute monsters from the Draft, especially at forward (Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Jiri Hudler, Tomas Kopecky, Valtteri FilppulaJohan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are great examples) and then being able to develop those prospects at an even, slow pace, it stands to reason that Klefbom might just be the next great sensation coming out of the organization along with such prospects as Brendan Smith, Ben Marshall, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan and Landon Ferraro.

This draft choice does not come without some deliberation.  Detroit's cupboards are practically bare on the wing and they could probably use a couple high-end prospects there.  However, in my estimation this is the best fit/best player available according to prospect availability.

Here are some links including our own LHH scouting report:

LHH's Scouting Report and links

HF Boards debates Jonas Brodin vs. Oscar Klefbom

Hockey's Future Scouting Report

The Hockey Writer's Scouting Report

 

The views expressed in this FanShot in no way reflect the views of the proprietors of this site.  Unless Dom roasts me for the guy I picked.  Then at that point whatever I've said above no longer applies.  This has been a public service announcement that ye shall heed with all available warning.  Thank you for your patience.

 

Up next is our very own Brian Burke impersonator, Dougtone, with the 25th pick held by the Pension Plan Puppet Toronto Maple Laffs.

<em>Submitted FanPosts do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or SB Nation. If you're reading this statement, you pass the fine print legalese test. Four stars for you.</em>

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Lighthouse Hockey

You must be a member of Lighthouse Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lighthouse Hockey. You should read them.

Join Lighthouse Hockey

You must be a member of Lighthouse Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lighthouse Hockey. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker