START AS YOU MEAN TO GO

Jujhar Khaira made his NCAA debut this weekend in an exhibition contest, and impressed in a Michigan Tech uniform.

Khaira had 4 shots against Brock (St. Catherine’s) University, a goal and was +2. According to this article the goal was a nice one:

  • Khaira’s goal was a beauty, as he won a face-off to himself, kicked the puck from skate to skate, handled the puck gracefully while charging to the net, then flipped a backhander over Blois’ shoulder into the roof of the net. “Before I went out there coach Pearson said try walking the guy off the draw. I’d say there was a lot of luck in that it worked out really well,” Khaira said.

Khaira is not a first or even a second round selection, but was taken in a draft year where the experts felt there was a leveling of talent after about #20 overall. In this way, I think this year’s draft most resembled 2002 from recent editions.

Kyle Woodlief, before the draft when asked who was being undervalued:

I think guys like Swedish winger Pontus Aberg, a couple of Euros in the OHL such as Tanner Richard and Artur Gavrus, and a couple of Tier II sleepers like Devin Shore of Whitby and Jujhar Khaira of Prince George are being undervalued.

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7 Responses to "START AS YOU MEAN TO GO"

  1. jp says:

    Nice start for the guy! Just preseason, but success is never a bad thing. If he can put up anything close to a PPG as a college rookie I think we’ll have a player on our hands! Good to hear that he’s playing C as well given the lack of depth in the Oilers system. Not that it means a thing, but I’ve got a good feeling about this guy.

  2. Lowetide says:

    Trying to get confirm, but Cornet has apparently been sent to Stockton. Rajala and Zahn too.

  3. Kris11 says:

    If Cornet can get his shooting percentage back up to 40% again, he should make it back to the AHL.

  4. jp says:

    The Barons site has the news: http://www.okcbarons.com/index.cfm?fa=pressreleases

    What you said, plus Hunter, Maylan and Ludwig released. That still leaves a lot of bodies, no? More cuts to come potentially, unless there are injuries we don’t know about.

    Bunz was sent to Stockton earlier.

  5. jp says:

    Kris11,

    He should make it back to the NHL if he can get his shooting % back up to 40 :)

  6. Kris11 says:

    JP,

    Not sure he’d get more than 20 shots a season in the NHL, even with fairly big minutes, so maybe not.

    :)

  7. jp says:

    Kris11,

    Hey, that’s still 8 goals. Would have outscored Belanger, Paajarvi, Petrell, Lander, Hordichuk, and tied Eager. Just 2 back of Hemsky… May be 20 shots would be enough!

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