Jujhar Khaira
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Jujhar Khaira

Hometown:

Surrey British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-08-13

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (63rd overall), 2012

Weight:

215 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Jujhar Khaira played for the Cloverdale Colts midget team in British Columbia. He went undrafted in the WHL Bantam Draft and was signed by Prince George of the BCHL.

2010-11: Khraira was the second-leading scorer for the Prince George Spruce Kings in his first season of junior hockey. In 58 games he had 10 goals with 32 assists and had 21 penalty minutes. Prince George missed the BCHL playoffs – finishing last in the Interior Division.

2011-12: Khaira had a breakout season in his second season with the Spruce Kings and played for Canada West in the U19 World Junior A Challenge. Playing on a line with BCHL leading scorer Paul DeJersey and Michael Colantone, Khaira scored 29 goals with 50 assists and had 69 penalty minutes. Prince George reached the playoffs after finishing third in the Interior Division. In the four-game series with Merritt, Khaira had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Khaira was scoreless with 14 penalty minutes in five games for Canada West. Khaira committed to playing college hockey at Michigan Tech in 2012-13. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 74th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Khaira was the third-leading scorer for Michigan Tech in his freshman season in what would be his only season of college hockey. Khaira scored 6 goals with 19 assists and was +2 with 49 penalty minutes in 37 games. The Huskies finished tenth in the WCHA but took third place North Dakota to a decisive third game in their first round playoff series. Khaira signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers in August, 2013, foregoing his final three years of college hockey eligibility.

2013-14: Khaira made his pro hockey debut with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in April 2014 after skating for the Everett Silvertips in his first WHL season. He was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in six AHL regular season games. Khaira scored 1 goal and was an even plus/minus with no penalty minutes in the three-game playoff series with eventual Calder Cup champion Texas.  In 59 regular season games for Everett he scored 16 goals with 28 assists and was +5 with 59 penalty minutes. Everett finished third in the U.S. Division and fell to second-place Seattle in a first-round series.  Khaira scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with no penalty minutes in five playoff games. 

2014-15: Khaira attended his second training camp with the Oilers before being assigned to Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City. Experiencing the ups and downs common with 20-year-olds in their first AHL season, he appeared in 51 games with the Barons. He scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was -7 with 62 penalty minutes. Oklahoma City finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Khaira scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -4 with 4 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Khaira is a large forward who dominated in Junior A hockey with his size and work ethic. Still a work in progress when it comes to his foot speed, he has the drive and determination to make it in the pro game. Despite his prototypical power forward size he has struggled to score with consistency at the pro level; playing more of an energy and checking role to this point.

Future

Khaira made his NHL debut with the Oilers in a November 28th game against Pittsburgh — appearing in 15 games with Edmonton in 2015-16 before being returned to new AHL affiliate Bakersfield. He had 2 assists and was -2 with 13 assists, averaging 10:21 minutes of ice time during his time with the Oilers. Khaira has been a physical presence and is among the leading scorers for the Condors in his second pro season. He projects as a big forward who can provide both physical play and some scoring.

 

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