Edmonton Oiler fans have been waiting for big, strong centermen with skill since trading Mark Messier. There have been fleeting solutions, but with the exception of the ill-fated Jason Arnott (a chapter of its own) era its been a long time coming.
The great thing about following each draft is the surprises that follow. Did you know Jujhar Khaira played center? I didn’t, but he’s playing it at Michigan Tech and lately he’s been scoring at a rapid clip. At 6.03, 195 if he can score, play a physical game and win faceoffs? Music!
Lets go back to the draft courtesy Redline Report:
- 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.
Early in the Michigan Tech season, Khaira wasn’t posting much offensively. No big deal, freshman often get the back seat in terms of playing time. However, this weekend may end up being a turning point for Khaira, as he scored 2 goals and an assist on Friday and added an assist in last night’s game. His season totals are now 10, 2-6-8 and he’s certainly trending.
Note: The Top 20 will begin sometime this week, I’ll spread it out over the period from now until Christmas week and will end it with a complete 1-30 update. Stay tuned.