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FUTURE WATCH | Keeping up with Khaira

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

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Photo by Mark Nessia / Bakersfield Condors

Condors training camp is in session and Jujhar Khaira is focused.

“It’s been really good so far, it’s been really high intensity,” Khaira said.

“It’s been good competition…we have a lot of good-skilled guys, it’s been a really good training camp.”

At 6-foot-3 and 214-pounds, Khaira knows how to throw his weight around the ice, but he also prides himself on the 200-foot game.

“I’d say I’m a pretty good two-way player,” he said.

“I like to focus on my defensive end as much as I do my offensive end. I think that I’m a big-body player that likes to hit and just kind of create space for other players, be hard to play against in the corners and just all over the ice.”

Some have said that he is still a work progress when it comes to his foot-speed, but according to Bakersfield Condors Head Coach Gerry Fleming, Khaira has the drive and determination to make it into an Oilers lineup this season.

“I thought JJ was a man amongst boys and I thought that was one of the best games I’ve seen him play,” Fleming told Condors media, reflecting on Khaira’s performance in the Condors 4-2 pre-season win over San Jose, Saturday.

“If he can bottle that and bring that every night he’ll give himself a chance to play this year in the NHL.”

The big forward, selected by the Oilers in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft (63rd overall) is a noticeable presence on the ice.

“I just want to find my game. I think towards the end of the year last year it was coming together and I just want to carry that over to this year,” said Khaira.

“I want to play a big man’s game and just create room for everybody and really focus on my two-way game.”

Khaira made his pro hockey debut with the Oilers former American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Oklahoma City Barons (now the Bakersfield Condors) in April 2014, after skating for the Everett Silvertips in his first Western Hockey League season in 2013.

In 59 regular season games for the Silvertips, he scored 16 goals with 28 assists and was +5 with 59 penalty minutes.

Khaira’s determination and success is reflected in his hard work.

After playing for the Cloverdale Colds midget team in British Columbia, Khaira went undrafted in the 2009-10 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft but was signed by the Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League.

In his first season of junior, Khaira was the second-leading scorer for the Spruce Kings. In 58 games he had 10 goals with 32 assists and had 21 penalty minutes.

The now 22-year-old was the third-leading scorer for Michigan Tech in his 2012-13 freshman season, which turns out would be his only season of college hockey.

In 2012, Khaira was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 74th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the NHL Draft.

He ended up signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers in August 2013, foregoing his final three years of college hockey eligibility.

Photo by Mark Nessia / Bakersfield Condors

Khaira’s dedication to the game has always involved working hard and improving his on-ice performance.

“I like to watch other players that I look up to, that I want to play like. The coaches and all of my teammates help out quite a bit too,” he said.

Before being assigned to the Condors for the 2015-16 season, Khaira attended training camp with the Oilers and had the chance to see what skating under the direction of the new coaching staff was like.

“I thought it was good,” said Khaira.

“There were a lot of good players and with the new coaching staff and management there, the program they’re bringing into the organization is great. It’s a fun style of game to play and it seems like everybody has bought into the program, even though it had only been a couple of weeks.”

Having been assigned to the Condors with 17 other players on September 26, Khaira sees promise in the AHL team.

“I think we have a really good team here,” said Khaira.

“We have a lot of guys returning from last year and some new guys. I think we’re going to be good this year; everybody it seems has bought into the program. And the coaching staff, they’ve all kind of established everything, so I think everybody’s really excited for this year.”

The shuffle of Oilers prospects creates a charged, competitive atmosphere, but Khaira doesn’t feel it changes the pace of play. In fact, he welcomes it.

“I think there’s always competition,” said Khaira.

“I think that’s what brings the best out of players. I think in this organization, they have a lot of depth in their prospects and I think the competition really helps. Everybody’s pretty competitive, not in a selfish sense, everybody just knows how to push each other.”


Stats Updated as of Wednesday, October 6 2015

Bakersfield (AHL) - Forwards


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
BRADEN CHRISTOFFER LW 21 - - - - - -
LEON DRAISAITL C 20 - - - - - -
MATTHEW FORD*   RW 31 - - - - - -
RYAN HAMILTON   LW 30 - - - - - -
KALE KESSY   LW 22 - - - - - -
JUJHAR KHAIRA   LW 21 - - - - - -
ANDREW MILLER   RW/C 27 - - - - - -
MITCH MOROZ   LW 21 - - - - - -
PHILIP MCCRAE* C 23 - - - - - -
IIRO PAKARINEN   RW 24 - - - - - -
TYLER PITLICK   RW 23 - - - - - -
KYLE PLATZER RW 20 - - - - - -
JOSH WINQUIST   LW 22 - - - - - -
BOGDAN YAKIMOV   C/W 21 - - - - - -
DANIIL ZHARKOV (INJURED)
LW 21 - - - - - -
Bakersfield (AHL) - Defencemen


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
MARTIN GERNAT   d 23 - - - - - -
brad hunt   D 27 - - - - - -
JOEY LALEGGIA   D 23 - - - - - -
DAVID MUSIL D 22 - - - - - -
NIKITA NIKITIN   D 29 - - - - - -
DARNELL NURSE   D 20 - - - - - -
JORDAN OESTERLE   d 23 - - - - - -
NICK PAGEAU   D 27 - - - - - -
DILLON SIMPSON (INJURED) D 22 - - - - - -
Norfolk (ECHL)


Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
BEN BETKER D 21 - - - - - -
GREG CHASE F 20 - - - - - -
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
CALEB JONES  D 18 3 1 1 2 +2 7 PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS (WHL)
ETHAN BEAR  D 18 3 0 2 2   +2 2 SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS (WHL)
NCAA & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   LW 21 - - - - - - UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 19 - - - - - - UMASS-AMHERST (NCAA)
JOHN MARINO d 18 3 1 4 5 +5 4 TRI-CITY (USHL)
AIDAN MUIR LW 20 - - - - - - WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL   C 21 - - - - - - NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK C 24 18 3 3 6 -5 8 CHEKHOV VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN   D 25 12 1 5 6 +7 4 JOKERIT HELSINKI (FINLAND)
ZIYAT PAIGIN  F 20 8 0 1 1 +2 2 KAZAN AK-BARS (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN  F 26 8 3 1 4 +2 8 ILVES TAMPERE (finland)
2016 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
CHECK BACK DURING THE TOURNAMENT                 
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T GAA SV% team
KEVEN BOUCHARD   19 3 0 3 0 4.75 .844 baie-comeau (qmjHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 22 - - - -   --- --- bakersfield (AHL)
EETU LAURIKAINEN 22 - - - -   --- --- BAKERSFIELD (aHL)
ZACH NAGELVOORT   21 - - - -   --- --- michigan (ncaa)
BEN SCRIVENS   29 - - - -   --- --- bakersfield (ahl)
MIROSLAV SVOBODA   20 1 0 1 0 6.00 .750 TRINEC OCELARI (CZECH)
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