Power forward from the BCJHL, on his way to Michigan Tech.
Bill Muckalt, Michigan Tech asst coach: “We see him as a big time power forward. He skates really well, very good down low, strong on the puck, has good vision and great offensive instincts. I think he has a lot of potential to be a pro hockey player.”
Jujhar Khaira (C, Prince George, BCHL)
Vitals: Born Surrey, 6-foot-2, 182 pounds; GP: 54, G: 29, A:50 Pts. 79; Rank: 74th NA skater (CS).
Scouting: Not selected in the WHL bantam draft after playing midget in Cloverdale, was second in scoring for Prince George in 2010-11 and then had a breakout season with the Spruce Kings on a line with BCHL scoring leader Paul De Jersey and also played for Canada West in the under-19 World Junior A Challenge. Will play at Michigan Tech next season.
Quotable: “I want to show than mentally I’m strong enough to play the game at the next level. My foot speed really needs to increase and I do need to get stronger because there are some guys at the next level who have matured. I do really need to work on that.” — Jujhar Khaira.
Pronounced Judge-ar Care-ah. That’s for me.
Redline Report At Red Line, we believe this kid could be the biggest/best sleeper of the entire draft. Prince George is so far off the beaten path teams don’t even travel there for WHL games, much less BCHL contests, so he gets zero exposure. But this kid is big, mean, aggressive, nasty, and guess what… he can score too. Does the dirty work in the corners, bangs bodies and wins battles, and loves to initiate heavy contact. Powerful stride with great balance and gets leverage on his hits. Has surprisingly soft hands and puck skills with playmaking ability. Creates lots of space for smaller teammates and makes everyone braver. Very raw defensively.