NHC club Edmonton Oilers ’Swedish defender Oscar Klefbom has been unable to play for over a year due to long-suffering shoulder ailments.

Klefbom, 27, had a shoulder cut recently in Cleveland, and now the defender has returned to the Oilers team.

At Friday’s press conference, Klefbom spoke about his ailments, surgery and reflections on the future of his NHL career.

Klefbom's thoughts are reported by, among others, the Canadian Sportsnet website.

- The doctor said I might still be able to play, but there is always a risk.

When the rehabilitation ends, we know the situation, and then a decision has to be made about my future.

Rheumatoid arthritis has plagued Klefbom since he was a teenager.

This has not prevented the Swede, for example, from winning the World Championship gold in 2012 and already playing for seven seasons in the NHL in an Oilers shirt.

Klefbom is realistic.

He is prepared for the fact that the number of NHL games could be left to 378 regular season and 16 playoff games.

He has had time to think things through while on the sidelines of the real action.

- I still want to play hockey - and after a career in life.

Like many others, I've been playing for a long time with pain.

When you really want to play and help your teammates, the pain can be tolerated, he said.

- But when you come home, you can't do much, you can't sleep and you can't wear clothes, it's very hard mentally.

However, quality of life is the most important thing, Klefbom said.

According to Sportsnet, Klefbom has already earned more than 20 million US dollars in his career.

He still has two more seasons left on his current contract, which guarantees an annual salary of just over $ 4.1 million.

The loss of a defender who shone with superiority in particular would be a big setback for the Oilers.

This time, however, it’s about much bigger things than overwhelming paints or millions.

- When you have such an operation, you start to seriously think about whether it (playing) is worth it.

After all, it’s about what my life will be like twenty years from now, Klefbom pointed out.