Jujhar Khaira turned 20 a couple of weeks ago, and is 6.03, 210 according to the AHL’s website. As we continue our look at training camp and players who could emerge in new roles, I’ve been thinking about Khaira as that ‘tough zone start’ winger for Boyd Gordon’s line. It’s an area of need, and Khaira is already physically strong enough to compete at the pro level.
I’ve suggested in several posts the worry about Khaira will be offensive. If he were to fill that defensive role with Gordon (and perhaps Matt Hendricks), offense wouldn’t be a massive issue. It’s also important to place the offensive abilities of the young man into perspective.
SILVERTIPS’ GOAL DIFFERENTIAL, BY DISCIPLINE
- 2013-14 Everett Silvertips TOTAL GF-GA: 218-206 (+12)
- 2013-14 Everett Silvertips EVEN-STRENGTH GF-GA: 147-156 (-9)
- What does that tell us? The Silvertips were delivering +21 on special teams, and that obscured their EV deficiencies.
KHAIRA EVEN-STRENGH PERFORMANCE
Interesting stuff here. Everett scored 2.04 EV goals a game and close to one a game on the power play (67 PP goals in 72 games). For comparison, Leon Draisaitl’s PA Raiders—no screaming hell to be clear—scored the same number of power-play goals as Everett, but 2.34 EV goals per game. The ‘Tips were a good defensive team, but it appears they sacrificed offense (or couldn’t score) at evens in order to keep the GA down.
What does this mean? Khaira’s offense may spike on a more gifted team, we know Constantine likes his button down style. Using the McKeen’s CHL information, I thought it might be worthwhile to list the EV scoring (forwards) for Everett last season:
- Josh Winquist 67GP, 28-28-56
- Manraj Hayer 54GP, 12-19-31
- Carson Stadnyk 72GP, 19-10-29
- Jujhar Khaira 59GP, 9-17-26
- Ivan Nikolishin 72GP, 9-17-26
- Tyler Sandhu 49GP, 10-14-24
- Dawson Leedahl 70GP, 5-18-23
Khaira isn’t a monster offensive scorer, but there’s only one impact player on the entire team at 5×5 (Winquist, now a Baron). Let’s have a look at power-play scoring on the Everett team from 2013-14 (forwards):
- Josh Winquist 67GP, 15-18-33
- Ivan Nikolishin 72GP, 9-24-33
- Jujhar Khaira 59GP, 7-10-17
- Kohl Bauml 65GP, 7-5-12
Once again, Khaira isn’t at the top of the list, but did impact the power play. I think it’s wise to send him to OKC for a season or two, but it’s also true the candidates for that 4line winger job aren’t exactly a murderer’s row. If Khaira outperforms Tyler Pitlick, Iiro Pakarinen, Luke Gazdic and Steve Pinizzotto, will the Oilers keep him?
Khaira photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved