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BLOG: Khaira, Chase, Holmberg & Winquist to OKC

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers announced earlier today that Jujhar Khaira has been assigned to Oklahoma City. The Barons also announced that they have signed three other players to amateur tryout contracts (ATOs): Greg Chase, Mitch Holmberg and Josh Winquist.

Chase is an Oilers draft pick, while Holmberg and Winquist head to OKC on AHL-only deals.

From the Barons Press Release:

Khaira was selected in the third round (63rd overall) by the Oilers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and recently completed the WHL season with the Everett Silvertips. In one season with the Silvertips, he registered 44 points with 16 goals and 28 assists. In five playoff games, Khaira had four points, including three goals.

Prior to playing in Everett, the Surrey, B.C., native spent one season at Michigan Tech. He was the third leading scorer as a freshman with six goals and 19 assists.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native was selected in the seventh round (188th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 204 career games for the Hitmen and registered 162 points with 58 goals and 104 assists. He played in 28 career playoff games for Calgary and had eight goals and 13 assists.

Chase joins the Barons after playing four years for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. He scored 85 points this past season with 35 goals and 50 assists in 70 games played. He had nine points (4-5-9) in Calgary’s six-game loss to the Kootenay Ice in the WHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Chase was a member of the 2012 Canada Pacific U-17 team at the U-17 World Hockey Championship.

Holmberg recently finished his WHL career with the Spokane Chiefs. He played in 72 games for the Chiefs this season and had 118 points with 62 goals and 56 assists. The Chiefs alternate captain also had one assist for Spokane in the WHL Playoff series against Victoria. He earned the WHL’s Bob Clarke Trophy as the league’s top scorer and was a first team all-star. Holmberg leaves Spokane as the Chiefs top career goal scorer.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native has spent his entire WHL career with the Chiefs. In 314 career games, he has 296 points with 147 goals and 149 assists. He has played in 41 career postseason games with 20 goals and nine assists.

Holmberg was a member of the 2010 Canada Pacific U-17 team at the U-17 World Hockey Championship.

Winquist played with Khaira in Everett, where he was an alternate captain. Winquist appeared in 67 games for the Silvertips and had 93 points with 47 goals and 46 assists. He had four points in Everett’s playoff series this past season.

The St. Albert, Alberta, native has played in 301 career WHL games. He has 216 points (101-115-216) in five seasons with the Silvertips. He’s appeared in 21 career postseason games for Everett, registering 14 points with seven goals and seven assists.
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